Reporting the review

Matthew J. Page, Miranda Cumpston, Jacqueline Chandler, Toby Lasserson

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Key Points: Clear reporting of a systematic review allows readers to evaluate the rigour of the methods applied, and to interpret the findings appropriately. Transparency can facilitate attempts to verify or reproduce the results, and make the review more usable for health care decision makers. The target audience for Cochrane Reviews is people making decisions about health care, including healthcare professionals, consumers and policy makers. Cochrane Reviews should be written so that they are easy to read and understand by someone with a basic sense of the topic who may not necessarily be an expert in the area. Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) include guidance on the reporting of review protocols, new reviews and updates of reviews of interventions. Guidance on the composition of plain language summaries of Cochrane Reviews is also available to help review authors specify the key messages in terms that are accessible to consumers and non-expert readers. Review authors should ensure that reporting of objectives, important outcomes, results, caveats and conclusions is consistent across the main text, the abstract, and any other summary versions of the review (e.g. plain language summary).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
EditorsJulian P. T. Higgins, James Thomas, Jacqueline Chandler, Miranda Cumpston, Tianjing Li, Matthew J. Page, Vivian A. Welch
Place of PublicationChichester UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119536659
ISBN (Print)9781119536628, 9781119536611
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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