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.
  • The Cochrane 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.
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Change date
9 February 2017