Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Key points
Systematic reviews seek to collate all evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to address a specific research question.
Systematic reviews aim to minimize bias by using explicit, systematic methods documented in advance with a protocol.
Cochrane prepares, maintains and promotes systematic reviews to inform decisions about health and social care (Cochrane Reviews).
Cochrane Reviews are published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in the Cochrane Library.
Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions contains methodological guidance for the preparation and maintenance of Cochrane
Intervention Reviews, Overviews of Reviews and Methodology Reviews.
Methodological advice on Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews can be found in the separate Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews.
Cochrane has developed conduct and reporting standards.