Methodological Expectations of Cochrane
Standards for the conduct and reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews, reporting of protocols and the planning, conduct and reporting of updates
Julian Higgins1, Toby Lasserson2, Jackie Chandler3, David Tovey4, James Thomas5, Ella Flemyng2, Rachel Churchill6
1 Professor of Evidence Synthesis, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
2 Cochrane Editorial and Methods Department, Cochrane, London, UK
3Evaluation Programme Manager, Wessex Academic Health Science Network, Southampton, UK
4 Editor in Chief (2009-2019), Cochrane Library, Editorial and Methods Department
5Professor of Social Research and Policy, University College London, London, UK
6Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
These MECIR Standards present a guide to the conduct and reporting of Cochrane Intervention Reviews. Each set of Standards includes links to Cochrane Training resources, the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (the Handbook) and other available resources.
This online version will be kept up to date. A PDF of each section can be generated. All substantive changes will be noted here.
- MECIR Standards link to the most up-to-date version of the Handbook chapters.
- Where links to external resources are included Cochrane Interactive Learning is referred to as 'CIL'.
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