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Wounds research theme: Cochrane Wounds Group

Cochrane Wounds was established in 1995 and is one of 53 review groups around the world publishing and maintaining systematic reviews of healthcare evidence in the Cochrane Library.

Cochrane is an international, not-for-profit organisation that promotes better decision-making in healthcare. Cochrane review authors gather and summarise the best evidence from research and trials to help clinicians and the public make informed choices about healthcare treatment.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) supports the work of Cochrane Wounds via Cochrane Infrastructure funding.

Based within the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester, Cochrane Wounds is led by Joint Coordinating Editors Professor Dame Nicky Cullum and Professor Jo Dumville. They are assisted by the Cochrane Wounds editorial base team consisting of Gill Rizzello (Managing Editor), Sophie Bishop (Information Specialist) and Tom Patterson (Editorial Assistant).

We support authors in synthesising research evidence, mainly from randomised controlled trials, of the effects of interventions to prevent and treat wounds and their complications.

Topics include:

  • prevention of pressure ulcers, leg and foot ulcers;
  • prevention of wound complications, such as surgical site infection or scarring;
  • wound healing interventions such as dressings, bandages and support surfaces for all types of wounds, including burns;
  • infection control in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

We evaluate the quality and certainty of the evidence from trial results against objective outcomes such as the proportion of wounds completely healed at a particular time, incidence or recurrence of wounds, and infection rates.

We welcome participation from clinicians and members of the public who are interested in supporting us in priority settings or in reviewing and commenting on draft publications.

If you would like to help, please get in touch via our website.