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  hand cleaning with ash, using rinse-free hand wash for reducing school absenteeism, taxing sugar to reduce consumption, vitamin D and calcium to treat rickets in children, antidepressants for smoking cessation,  organised inpatient care for stroke, fatigue in inflammatory bowel disease, and preventing sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

Our main review this month is ‘Vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella in children'.  Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox) are serious diseases that can lead to serious complications, disability, and death. However, public debate over the safety of the trivalent (measles, Mumps, rubella) MMR vaccine and the resultant drop in vaccination coverage in several countries persists, despite its almost universal use and accepted effectiveness. Authors from the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group assessed the effectiveness and long‐ and short‐term adverse effects associated with the trivalent vaccine containing MMR strains, the concurrent administration of MMR vaccine and varicella vaccine (MMR+V), and the tetravalent vaccine containing measles, rubella, mumps, and varicella strains (MMRV), in children.

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020