Ugeskriftet for Læger - The Journal of the Danish Medical Association - is Denmark's main scientific journal within the health and medical fields. They've written an article about Cochrane as it is having its annual colloquial this weekend. The google translation seems a bit messy, so here's the main content: The article points out that Cochrane reviews once used to represent the gold standard for evidence. But today examples of poorly performed and even retracted reviews, a broad access to topics and fierce criticism from researchers and doctors have caused a strain for the network. Some of the latest criticism has involved a Cochrane review about HPV vaccination being accused for omitting relevant studies and committing wrong comparisons. Fiona Godlee is interviewed and makes a few comments. Has the Cochrane network left a mainly scientific contribution for a political one? "The role where one supports political agendas is contradictory to the role Cochrane always has played, to challenge authorities. It is our fundamental raison d'être - to ask uncomfortable questions. So obviously we risk getting into conflicts with some." Says Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, vice direktør for the nordic Cochrane center. The article also mentions a review on medical treatment of adults with ADHD which got retracted. Karsten Juhl Jørgensen comments: It was not about cheating or dishonesty, it was simply poorly made. This is not good for the credibility, but it is a good thing that bad reviews are retracted and that the collaboration are open about it. He thinks it should happen more often. And points to a review about the effect of prayer in recovery. The article says all the topics among Cochrane reviews on alternative treatments are lifting eyebrows. People are becoming more aware that even Cochrane reviewers can be biased. The leader of the Nordic Cochrane center, MD Peter Gøtzsche is on the Cochrane board and did not have time for an interview but signalled that the board meeting can turn ugly, because there is a power battle about the course from now on for Cochrane. Ugeskriftet: Blegner stråleglansen om Cochrane? google translation: Is the glow surrounding Cochrane paling?