About Us

Cochrane Back and Neck (CBN) [formerly the Cochrane Back Review Group (CBRG)] is one of over 50 international Review Groups. CBN coordinates the publication of literature reviews of diagnosis, primary and secondary prevention and treatment of neck and back pain and other spinal disorders, excluding inflammatory diseases and fractures.

CBN is hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in Toronto, Canada. The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to conduct and share research that protects and improves the health of working people and is valued by policy-makers, workers, workplaces, clinicians, and health & safety professionals.

Cochrane, established in 1993, is an international network of more than 28,000 dedicated people from over 100 countries. Cochrane collaborators work together to help health care providers, policy makers, patients and their advocates and caregivers, make well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, updating and promoting Cochrane Reviews, based on the best available research evidence.

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of diagnostic tests for some conditions in a specific patient group and setting. Cochrane Reviews are published online in the Cochrane Library.