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The Cochrane Library 1998 Issue 4

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:881
  1. Albert G Mulley, associate professor of medicine
  1. Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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    Illness and its treatment are often transforming experiences. It follows that decisions about treatment can be fateful for patients. Such decisions ought to be informed by the best evidence regarding the effectiveness of available interventions. However, timely access to the best evidence is elusive. It requires an organisational and analytical enterprise so prodigious that, until now, it has been beyond the grasp of individual clinicians and the profession as a whole. The Cochrane Library represents a formidable attempt to provide a response worthy of the vision of effective and efficient health care articulated decades …

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