Cochrane Public Health Europe (CPHE)


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Who are we?

Cochrane Public Health Europe (CPHE) is a satellite group of Cochrane Public Health (CPH) based at the University of Newcastle, Australia. CPHE was established in 2015 as a network of academic institutions in the three German-speaking European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The main aim of CPHE is to contribute to the work of CPH in Europe.


CPHE has a governance committee with a rotating coordination. For the period of 2022-2024 the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology- BIPS (Department of Prevention and Evaluation; Bremen, Germany) and the University of Bremen (Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research; Bremen, Germany) are in charge of CPHE coordination. There are regular virtual meetings among all partner institutions.


As of 2023 CPHE is involved in discussions with CPH on the transition from a Cochrane Review Group to the new Thematic Group format.



Partner institutions





Our current activities

Dissemination of CPH reviews

Priority setting for new CPH reviews

  • via projects designed to define such priorities based on (1) stakeholder surveys and (2) meta-research studies of published Cochrane reviews to identify evidence gaps that could be addressed in future CPH reviews

Contribution to CPH reviews and methodological studies on Cochrane reviews

  • as authors
  • as editorial experts via methodological peer-review or assistance in search strategy development

Furthermore, CPHE members are engaged in multiple roles at Cochrane and broader joint activities to promote evidence-based public health in their countries and in Europe, e.g. by contributing to workshops, conferences, and joint publications.


Examples of our work since 2022

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Contributions to CPH-Reviews

  • Kratzer S, Pfadenhauer LM, Biallas RL, Featherstone R, Klinger C, Movsisyan A, Rabe JE, Stadelmaier J, Rehfuess E, Wabnitz K, Verboom B. Unintended consequences of measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022; 6:CD015397. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD015397.
  • Krishnaratne S, Littlecott H, Sell K, Burns J, Rabe JE, Stratil JM, Litwin T, Kreutz C, Coenen M, Geffert K, Boger AH, Movsisyan A, Kratzer S, Klinger C, Wabnitz K, Strahwald B, Verboom B, Rehfuess E, Biallas RL, Jung-Sievers C, Voss S, Pfadenhauer LM. Measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022; 1:CD015029. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD015029.
  • Pega, F, Pabayo, R, Benny, C, Lee, E-Y, Lhachimi, S K. & Liu, S Y. Unconditional cash transfers for reducing poverty and vulnerabilities: Effect on use of health services and health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022; 3:CD011135. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011135

Contributions to methodological studies

  • Griebler, U., Kien, C., De Santis, K. K., Stratil, J., Borchard, A., & Heise, T. L. (2022). Dissemination of Evidence by Cochrane Public Health Europe in German-Speaking Countries: An Online Stakeholder Survey. International Journal of Public Health, 67.
  • Helmer, S., Matthias, K., Mergenthal, L., Reimer, M., & De Santis, K. (2023). Dissemination of knowledge from Cochrane Public Health reviews: A bibliographic study. Systematic Reviews, 12(1), 113.
  • Schwingshackl, L., Stadelmaier, J., Lay, R., Griebler, U., De Santis, K. K., Zeeb, H., Kien, C., Reimer, M., Eble, J., von Philipsborn, P., Gerhardus, A., von Elm, E., Meerpohl, J. J., & Kiesswetter, E. (2023). In Cochrane nutrition reviews assessment of dietary adherence varied considerably. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 158, 1-9.
  • Wolfenden, L., Close, S., Finch, M., Lecathelinais, C., Ramanathan, S., De Santis, K. K., Car, L. T., Doyle, J., & McCrabb, S. (2023). Improving academic and public health impact of Cochrane public health reviews: what can we learn from bibliographic metrics and author dissemination strategies? A cross-sectional study. Journal of Public Health, 45(3), e577-e586.
  • De Santis, K. K., Kirstein, M., Kien, C., Griebler, U., McCrabb, S., & Jahnel, T. (2024). Online dissemination of Cochrane reviews on digital health technologiews: a cross-sectional study. Systematic Reviews, 13(1), 133.  


Contact us
For more information, please contact Dr. Karina De Santis: