Scientific findings are decisive in practice. Active physicians should always be able to treat their patients based on the most recent data available – in the sense of evidence-based medicine. To this end, it is essential that they have access to quality information. However, despite the success of the Open Access initiative, the majority of current medical literature remains available only to subscribers or staff of institutions that pay for licences. In this context, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) has been working towards the acquisition of a national licence for the Cochrane Library.
Since 1 January 2016, the Cochrane Library has been made accessible free of charge to professionals, but also to anyone in Switzerland who wishes to obtain reliable information in order to make informed decisions about their health.
The Cochrane network consists of around 12 000 people active in more than 130 countries. For over 25 years, they have been working together to produce systematic reviews without any commercial funding. The latter summarise research findings in the field of medical care and serve as a reliable basis for evidence-based medicine. Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognized as the benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care and reflect the current state of knowledge.
The national licence is financed by the SAMS, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), as well as university libraries and hospitals.