C2 offers excellent editorial and methodological support to authors of systematic reviews. All authors benefit from the contributions of C2's editors, librarians, methodologists and external peer-reviewers throughout the review development process. The Collaboration is largely a voluntary organization that welcomes newcomers from around the world, irrespective of professional or disciplinary background.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. The Cochrane Collaboration was founded in 1993 and named after the British epidemiologist, Archie Cochrane.
National Guideline Clearinghouse at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]).
The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at The Institute for Rehabilitation Research (TIRR)
The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research), a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities.
Since ILRU was established in 1977, it has developed a variety of strategies for collecting, synthesizing, and disseminating information related to the field of independent living. ILRU staff--a majority of whom are people with disabilities--serve independent living centers, statewide independent living councils, state and federal rehabilitation agencies, consumer organizations, educational institutions, medical facilities, and other organizations involved in the field, both nationally and internationally.
Research Training Center on Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
The overall goal of the RRTC on TBI Interventions is to enhance the cognitive, physical, and emotional functioning of people with TBI. This goal will be accomplished through RRTC research activities that produce new knowledge. This knowledge will be translated by the RRTC into information useful for targeted audiences — through training, dissemination and technical assistance activities. The goal is the creation and adoption of innovative post-TBI interventions, improvement of community-based post-TBI treatment and services, and better research tools. In the long term, results of RRTC activities should aid people with TBI in participating more fully in home, work, and community activities, in a manner that enhances their life satisfaction. The agenda and shape of RRTC products have been and will continually be defined and shaped through feedback from consumers: both professionals and individuals with TBI, as part of Participatory Action Research.
The NCDDR is pleased to highlight its partnership with the Cochrane Collaboration's "Rehabilitation and Related Therapies (R&RT) Field." The Centre for Evidence Based Physiotherapy (CEBP) based at Maastricht University serves as the home of R&RT Field.
The R&RT Field's mission is to ensure that patients receive effective interventions for the best health outcomes based on up-to-date evidence, and that health care providers have up-to-date and easy access to the latest evidence. The Field works closely with relevant Cochrane entities and the CEBP, and is embedded in the Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI) in the Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University.
The R&RT Field works with a small core staff, an international advisory board and reviewers/researchers from varying biomedical background and contributes to the evidence base of care by generating and disseminating evidence. The Field is actively seeking further consumer involvement.
The NCDDR welcomes the participation of the R&RT Field in our efforts to raise awareness about the Cochrane Collaboration and in particular, the Rehabilitation and Related Therapies Field, among NIDRR grantees. Specific areas of collaboration include:
- identifying strategies to encourage the production of more systematic reviews in the disability and rehabilitation area for submission to the Cochrane Rehabilitation & Related Therapies Field Group.
- locating and organizing disability and rehabilitation research reviews in the Cochrane Collaboration Library or within study/field groups that may be of interest and use by people with disabilities, their families, and practitioners that provide services to them.