The Cochrane Stroke Group is based in Edinburgh and has been part of Cochrane since August 1993. Cochrane is an international organisation that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare by 'preparing, maintaining, and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions'.
Almost 200 Cochrane Reviews have so far been published by the Cochrane Stroke Group; these reviews have been proved to be highly influential to stroke care and have been incorporated into multiple clinical guidelines.
The Group also seeks to identify and review all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled clinical trials (CCTs) of interventions in the primary and secondary prevention of stroke, and the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients, including subarachnoid haemorrhage. Primary prevention trials are restricted to those in which stroke is the major outcome of interest, eg carotid surgery for asymptomatic stenosis.
|The aims of the Cochrane Stroke Group are:|
|Cochrane reviews and protocols are published in The Cochrane Library. Free abstracts are available online.|
|Protocols for Cochrane reviews describe the rationale for the review; the objectives; and the methods that will be used to locate, select and critically appraise studies; and to collect and analyse data from the included studies.Our Topic List is a discussion document which shows topics currently under review (marked as T[itle], P[rotocol] or R[eview] depending on their stage of development), and topics for which a review can be undertaken. Additions to the Topic List by interested parties are welcome.|
|Cochrane systematic reviews (published in The Cochrane Library) bring together all the available evidence relating to a clearly formulated healthcare question for evaluation and synthesis, using predetermined criteria and explicit methods designed to limit bias.|
|The Cochrane Stroke Group's Editorial Office is based in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh Medical School at Little France in Edinburgh, UK, and has been funded by the Chief Scientist Office (part of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates) since January 1994.|