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Essential Evidence Plus searches 7 different databases. Select one of the databases listed below for a description of the database and its purpose, as well as an example of how it can be used in the clinical decision process.

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Abstracts of Cochrane Systematic Reviews

Summaries of systematic reviews from the Cochrane Library, the most rigorous and reliable evaluations of medical therapies

Purpose: To offer summarized evaluations of the world’s best literature on the effectiveness of therapy for almost 2,200 clinical problems

Example of use: Answers to questions such as: Are corticosteroids effective in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke? Are “back schools” effective? Should antibiotics be used to treat bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women?

Detailed Description: The Cochrane Systematic Reviews are considered the gold standard for evidence-based medicine. Each systematic review starts with identifying all relevant randomized research studies. After evaluating the studies for quality the results are combined ("meta-analysis"). The results can be used to offer readers our best understanding of the effectiveness of a particular treatment. The Reviews are updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.