School of Medicine

Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group

What is the Cochrane organisation?

Cochrane is an international network of health care professionals who are interested in preparing, maintaining and disseminating comprehensive, regularly updated critical reviews of evidence from randomised controlled trials relevant to their specialty interests. The organisation is named after the British Professor of Public Health, Archie Cochrane, who in 1979 wrote:



"it is surely a great criticism of our profession that we have not

organised a critical summary, by specialty or subspecialty,

adapted periodically, of all relevant randomised controlled trials".

Read more information about Cochrane.

Information about training and support can be found at the Australasian Cochrane Centre - New Zealand Branch teaching page.

The Gynaecology and Fertility Group (CGF)

The CGF is one of many Collaborative Review Groups consisting of individuals sharing an interest in a particular field of health. Each individual in any group may contribute to the group in a number ways, from writing reviews, peer reviewing reviews, providing information about trials, handsearching journals to translating articles. The group is coordinated by an editorial team and directed by an Editorial board.

Cochrane Review Group Networks

We are concerned with the evaluation of healthcare relevant to the prevention and treatment of menstrual disorders and subfertility. Our aim is to establish a database of randomised controlled trials and to prepare and maintain systematic reviews.

Specifically, the CGF:

  • carries out exhaustive searches for all relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs) both published and unpublished
  • scrutinises each trial for its relevance and quality
  • critically appraises trials
  • draws conclusions based on pooling data about how their net result should be applied in healthcare
  • produces structured reports (systematic reviews) for widespread dissemination to health care providers and planners.

Check the Scope of the CGF by topic

Register your title for review

Systematic reviews

A systematic review is a review in which evidence (usually from RCTs) on a topic has been systematically identified, critically appraised and summarised according to predetermined criteria, in an effort to reduce bias. Systematic reviews often include meta-analysis, a statistical technique to combine the results of a number of different RCT's. Systematic reviews are important because health professionals and consumers depend on them to cope with the overwhelming volume of reports of primary research.

Reviews are also important because they provide new information that may not be apparent from individual studies.

For more information on preparing reviews, read the Reviewer's Handbook.