Cochrane Rehabilitation: Organization and Functioning
Cochrane (www.cochrane.org) is an organization whose vision is a world of improved health where decisions about health and health care are informed by high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence. For this reason, it produces and disseminates systematic reviews of health care interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.1 Cochrane is organized in different groups with different aims: review groups manage systematic reviews production, method groups develop the best methodology to produce evidence, centers and fields provide knowledge translation with a national/regional or topic-related focus, respectively. The knowledge translation strategy is a critical piece of work that contributes to dissemination, use, and impact of Cochrane evidence in decision-making, and is now at the center of the new developments of Cochrane.2
Rehabilitation is a cross-sectional topic that includes different health conditions of interest to many Cochrane Review Groups.3 Consequently, rehabilitation is considered by Cochrane as a “field,” a term used for groups that focus on health issues and/or interventions of importance to specific populations. The role of Cochrane Fields is to contribute to knowledge translation, as specified in Cochrane Strategy 2020,1 the official document that explains the future plans of Cochrane in terms of structure and function. Thus, Cochrane has created a new Cochrane Rehabilitation Field to strengthen this culture of knowledge translation.