Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions: Cochrane Book Series

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions: Cochrane Book Series

Editor(s): Julian PT Higgins, Sally Green

Published Online: 22 SEP 2008

Print ISBN: 9780470699515

Online ISBN: 9780470712184

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712184

About this Book

Healthcare providers, consumers, researchers and policy makers are inundated with unmanageable amounts of information, including evidence from healthcare research. It has become impossible for all to have the time and resources to find, appraise and interpret this evidence and incorporate it into healthcare decisions. Cochrane Reviews respond to this challenge by identifying, appraising and synthesizing research-based evidence and presenting it in a standardized format, published in The Cochrane Library (www.thecochranelibrary.com).

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions contains methodological guidance for the preparation and maintenance of Cochrane intervention reviews. Written in a clear and accessible format, it is the essential manual for all those preparing, maintaining and reading Cochrane reviews. Many of the principles and methods described here are appropriate for systematic reviews applied to other types of research and to systematic reviews of interventions undertaken by others. It is hoped therefore that this book will be invaluable to all those who want to understand the role of systematic reviews, critically appraise published reviews or perform reviews themselves.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Cochrane Reviews

    1. Chapter 1

      Introduction (pages 1–9)

      Sally Green, Julian PT Higgins, Philip Alderson, Mike Clarke, Cynthia D Mulrow and Andrew D Oxman

  2. Part 2: General Methods for Cochrane Reviews

    1. Chapter 6

      Searching for Studies (pages 95–150)

      Carol Lefebvre, Eric Manheimer and Julie Glanville

    2. Chapter 9

      Analysing Data and Undertaking Meta-Analyses (pages 243–296)

      Jonathan J Deeks, Julian PT Higgins and Douglas G Altman

    3. Chapter 10

      Addressing Reporting Biases (pages 297–333)

      Jonathan AC Sterne, Matthias Egger and David Moher

    4. Chapter 11

      Presenting Results and ‘Summary of Findings’ Tables (pages 335–357)

      Holger J Schünemann, Andrew D Oxman, Julian PT Higgins, Gunn E Vist, Paul Glasziou and Gordon H Guyatt

    5. Chapter 12

      Interpreting Results and Drawing Conclusions (pages 359–387)

      Holger J Schünemann, Andrew D Oxman, Gunn E Vist, Julian PT Higgins, Jonathan J Deeks, Paul Glasziou and Gordon H Guyatt

  3. Part 3: Special Topics

    1. Chapter 13

      Including Non-Randomized Studies (pages 389–432)

      Barnaby C Reeves, Jonathan J Deeks, Julian PT Higgins and George A Wells

    2. Chapter 14

      Adverse Effects (pages 433–448)

      Yoon K Loke, Deirdre Price and Andrew Herxheimer

    3. Chapter 15

      Incorporating Economics Evidence (pages 449–479)

      Ian Shemilt, Miranda Mugford, Sarah Byford, Michael Drummond, Eric Eisenstein, Martin Knapp, Jacqueline Mallender, David McDaid, Luke Vale and Damian Walker

    4. Chapter 16

      Special Topics in Statistics (pages 481–529)

      Julian PT Higgins, Jonathan J Deeks and Douglas G Altman

    5. Chapter 17

      Patient-Reported Outcomes (pages 531–545)

      Donald L Patrick, Gordon H Guyatt and Catherine Acquadro

    6. Chapter 18

      Reviews of Individual Patient Data (pages 547–558)

      Lesley A Stewart, Jayne F Tierney and Mike Clarke

    7. Chapter 19

      Prospective Meta-Analysis (pages 559–570)

      Davina Ghersi, Jesse Berlin and Lisa Askie

    8. Chapter 20

      Qualitative Research and Cochrane Reviews (pages 571–591)

      Jane Noyes, Jennie Popay, Alan Pearson, Karin Hannes and Andrew Booth

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