Evidence-based health care is a combination of best research evidence, including the expertise of both health professionals and patients.
Authors of Cochrane reviews may consider a question for a review because of their own interests and experiences as a clinician or a healthcare researcher. These are not always the questions that are of most concern to healthcare consumers and their families and carers. Therefore, consumers participate as Consumer Referees to:
- Prioritise topics for new reviews
- Ensure that a review question is relevant to people requiring health care
- Identify outcomes that are important for consumers
- Improve access to reviews by ensuring that the review can be read by a wide audience, and the language is sensitive to consumers
- Weigh the benefits against the potential harms – from a healthcare user perspective
Value of Consumer Input
Consumers in Research discusses the significance of including consumers in research and the importance of providing a consumer perspective in systematic reviews. It is an easy to read document written in a question and answer format. A glossary of Cochrane terminology and an explanation of the terms and references used in the notebook are included as a reference material.
Learn more about the special role of Consumer Referees.
You may also e-mail CCNet at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.