A world map of evidence-based medicine: Density equalizing mapping of the Cochrane database of systematic reviews.

Systematic reviews represent the core and backbone of evidence-based medicine (EBM) strategies in all fields of medicine. In order to depict a first global sketch of the international efforts in the Cochrane database systematic reviews (CDSR), we analyzed the systematic reviews of the Cochrane database.

Our global maps of systematic reviewing offer intriguing structural insights into the world of EBM strategies. They demonstrate that for the CDSR, the UK and Commonwealth countries take the lead position.

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Since patients, care providers and health systems all over the world benefit from systematic reviewing, institutions in other countries should increase their commitment.