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Heart and the Cochrane Collaboration
  1. Adam Timmis1,4,
  2. Pascal Meier1,2,
  3. Shah Ebrahim2,3,
  4. Juan-Pablo Casas2,3,
  5. Catherine Otto1
  1. 1Journal Heart
  2. 2Cochrane Heart Group
  3. 3London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  4. 4NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, Barts and the London School of Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Adam Timmis, NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London Chest Hospital, London E2 9JX, UK; adamtimmis{at}

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Heart announces a new collaboration with the Heart Group of the Cochrane Collaboration ( One aspect of this collaboration is to comment on selected Cochrane Reviews that are of potential interest for the readers of Heart, in a new section called ‘Cochrane Corner’. This collaboration will also bring additional methodological expertise in the area of reviews/meta-analyses to the journal. While robust methodology has always been a top priority for Heart, and helped to achieve its current international reputation, this will be further reinforced and supported by this collaboration (figure 1).

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The Cochrane logo.

Background of the Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration was founded in 1993, inspired by Archie Cochrane (1909–1988), a British medical researcher who contributed greatly to the development of epidemiology as a science. He called for up-to-date, systematic reviews of all relevant randomised controlled trials of healthcare. Sir Iain Chalmers, who established the Collaboration, had prepared and maintained reviews of controlled trials in pregnancy and childbirth, and his suggestion that these methods should be applied more widely …

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  • Contributors PM drafted the first version of this text. SE, J-PC and AT revised the manuscript for intellectual content. All four authors contributed substantially to the text and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None.

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