The Cochrane Library App

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library App presents the latest up-to-date evidence from the Cochrane Library in a convenient, easy to navigate format which provides you with relevant, accessible research, when you need it, from the world’s leading experts in evidence-informed health care.

All content in the app is free and new issues will download regularly.

Our monthly issues feature a hand-picked selection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews, specifically chosen by the Editor-in-chief.  Abridged Cochrane Reviews provide the best possible tablet and phone reading experience and they are downloadable for reading offline. The Bookmark feature allows you to create your own special collection of Cochrane Reviews across issues. Additionally, the title page for every review includes a link to the full version of the review available on the Cochrane Library.

Hello, and welcome to the May 2020 issue of the Cochrane Library app.

The Cochrane Reviews in this month's edition cover a diverse set of topics including telephone interventions to manage cancer symptoms, radical prostatectomy versus deferred treatment for localised prostate cancer, withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs in older people, effects of total fat intake on body fatness, metformin monotherapy for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults, preventing gestational diabetes mellitus, preventing infection after caesarean section, repositioning for pressure injury prevention, and rapid tests to guide prescribing antibiotics for sore throats.

Our main review this month is ‘Antibody tests for identification of current and past infection with SARS-CoV-2'. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) virus and resulting COVID‐19 pandemic present important diagnostic challenges. Serology tests to detect the presence of antibodies to SARS‐CoV‐2 aim to identify previous SARS‐CoV‐2 infection, and may help to confirm the presence of current infection. Authors from the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group assessed the diagnostic accuracy of antibody tests to determine if a person presenting in the community or in primary or secondary care has, or has previously had SARS‐CoV‐2 infection. The review also assesses the accuracy of antibody tests for use in seroprevalence surveys.

The abridged version of this review is available in this issue. Visit to read the full version.

Our monthly issues produced exclusively for the app feature a hand‐picked selection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews, specifically abridged to provide the best possible mobile reading experience. You can create your own special themed collection of Cochrane Reviews across issues in the app on topics such as occupational health by using the app’s Bookmark feature.

The title page for every review included in this and previous issues includes a link to the full version of the review available on the Cochrane Library at

Wednesday, July 29, 2020