Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, and people interested in health, including healthcare consumers. Cochrane's healthcare consumers are made up from a wide range of people, including patients (or people with personal experience of a healthcare condition), health and social care service users, care-givers and family members. Also included are people who represent or are advocates for patients and carers. What unites them all is their search for high quality, unbiased information about health conditions and treatments.
Consumer involvement is vital to Cochrane’s work as it:
(i) promotes transparency, accountability and trust in the way that research is produced;
(ii) results in evidence that addresses consumers’ needs, reduces waste in research, improves the translation of research into policy and practice, and ultimately leads to improved benefits for health systems and outcomes for patients;
(iii) is consistent with current health research approaches and is expected or mandated by our funders, partners and consumers.
Read more about the Statement of Principles for Consumer Involvement in Cochrane on the Cochrane Consumers Network website.