for handsearchers

Cochrane has undertaken an extensive handsearching programme in order to identify randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled clinical trials (CCTs) in journals not indexed on databases such as MEDLINE and EMBASE. This is vital if Cochrane Reviews are to incorporate all the available evidence.

All identified RCTs and CCTs relevant to peripheral vascular diseases are incorporated into the Specialist Trials register belonging to Cochrane Vascular. They are also sent to the New England Cochrane Centre for inclusion in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in the Cochrane Library.  Handsearching involves searching journals page-by-page, including editorials and letters, in order to identify information relating to these RCTs, CCTs and quasi-randomised controlled trials (qRCTs).

Some Review Groups and Centres are seeking volunteer handsearchers and will provide the necessary training and support. Handsearching of journals is coordinated by the Cochrane United States.