Effective health care: Cochrane database accessible in Scotland

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6928.594a (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:594
  1. C Wilkinson,
  2. I Johnstone
  1. Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow G4 0NA
  2. Camden and Islington Family Health Services Authority, London WC1E 6BH Obstetric Hospital, University College London Hospitals, London WC1E 6AU
  3. Maternity Services Liaison Committee, Camden and Islington Health Authority, London NW1 2LJ.

    EDITOR, - It is a pity that Sara Paterson - Brown and colleagues confined their review of the dissemination of the Cochrane database of randomised controlled trials to England,1 for in Scotland the situation is different. All 23 consultant obstetric maternity units in Scotland had access to the Cochrane database by the end of 1993. The database is on a specially installed personal computer in the work station of each labour ward. Thus both doctors and midwives have access to it not only for personal study but to assist in clinical decision making at the point where decisions are being made. A printer has also been provided to allow output to be taken home …

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