About us


Welcome to Cochrane Wounds

Cochrane Wounds is part of Cochrane, an international non-profit and independent research publishing organisation that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare. 

We produce, maintain and disseminate systematic reviews of the effects of interventions for the prevention and treatment of wounds and wound complications. The group is coordinated by an editorial team, based at the University of Manchester in the UK.

Cochrane Wounds was established in 1995 and is one of 53 review groups around the world. Cochrane is a registered charity in the UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) supports the work of Cochrane Wounds via Cochrane Infrastructure funding.

The group uses predominantly randomised controlled trial evidence of the effects of interventions to prevent and treat wounds and their complications. This includes the primary prevention of pressure ulcers, leg and foot ulcers; the prevention of wound complications, e.g. surgical wound infection, scarring; and interventions to aid the healing of wounds (including burns), e.g. dressings, bandages, support surfaces. We also undertake reviews in the broad area of 'infection control' where the question does not fall in the scope of another group. Only valid, objective outcomes such as proportion of wounds completely healed at a particular time, rates of healing, incidence of new wounds or infection are considered to be eligible primary outcomes.

The group's activities are coordinated by its editorial base, we welcome participation, whether as systematic review authors, consumers or external referees. If you would like to help please go to the Get involved section of the website.