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The Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Database

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1448
  1. R J Lilford

    The Cochrane Collaboration Annual subscription (pounds sterling )99 (institutional) (pounds sterling )57 (individual) Available on 3.5″ or 5.25″ disk from Update software, Oxford OX44 7QB

    It is a sign of the times to be asked to review not a book but a computer database. This is welcome; books are often out of date even by the time they are published. The Cochrane Childbirth and Pregnancy Database (Previously the oxford Database) is a product of secondary research - research that is designed to find and analyse original research publications. that some secondary research in necessary should come as no surprise, given that most individual articles get lost in the mass of medical information. The authors of the database have made an immense contribution by pulling all of this together, and it is extremely useful both to clinicians and to researchers, as well as being very easy to use.

    The information contained in structured reviews can provide a clear guide to clinical action. while some treatments - such as administering anti-D immunoglobulin to an Rh negative woman - have obvious advantages, the effects of other interventions …

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