Healthcare consumers are important to Cochrane. They are users of Cochrane evidence and the people we want to benefit from it. We want to support you and hear your voices. When you’re ready to try it, we’d love to involve you in producing our evidence. You can play a vitally important role in making sure that evidence addresses important questions and is produced, presented and made available in a way that’s useful when people are making difficult decisions about healthcare.
Below you will find various different ways of getting involved with Cochrane.
Join the global community of Cochrane Consumers
The Cochrane Consumer Network is a growing community of healthcare consumers, currently over 17500 strong, and from 89 countries. You can find out more about the Consumer Network and join us here.
Support the work of Cochrane Review Groups and Fields
You can also get in touch directly with a Cochrane Review Group or Field in the area of your interest to see if there are opportunities for you to contribute, for example, as a co-author, peer reviewer or helping to identify important research questions.
Join the citizen scientists of Cochrane Crowd
Anyone can join this collaborative volunteer effort to help categorise and summarise healthcare evidence so that we can make better healthcare decisions. You can volunteer to carry out short tasks and you’ll be walked through everything you need to know. Just sixty seconds a day could be really helpful!
Cochrane TaskExchange is a software platform that connects people who need help with their reviews with people who have the time and expertise to help. Joining and setting up your profile in Cochrane TaskExchange is easy and then you can search for tasks that match your interests and skills.
Become a Consumer Peer Reviewer
You can read and comment on systematic reviews and protocols on topics you have experience of, in order to make sure they’re relevant, accessible and sensitive to other consumers like you. You’ll find requests for consumer peer reviewers on TaskExchange
Help translate Cochrane evidence
Translating Cochrane content into other languages is a priority for us.
For more information about becoming a volunteer translator, please read our Translations Frequently Asked Questions.