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Cochrane Methodology Anniversary Series

Edited by: Dr Mike Clarke

A thematic series published in Systematic Reviews.

This special collection on methodology developments in The Cochrane Collaboration, and in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis more generally, is part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Collaboration. It brings together highlights of the last two decades, challenges that have been faced and plans for the future. The first five articles are available from the links below and the series as a whole will include articles about the methods for finding, appraising, analyzing and presenting evidence about the effects of health- and social-care interventions. It will also provide insights into the synthesis of evidence in areas, such as qualitative research, economics and diagnostic test accuracy.

Publication of this article series was funded by The Cochrane Collaboration.

  1. The Statistical Methods Group has played a pivotal role in The Cochrane Collaboration over the past 20 years. The Statistical Methods Group has determined the direction of statistical methods used within Cochr...

    Authors: Joanne E McKenzie, Georgia Salanti, Steff C Lewis and Douglas G Altman
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2013 2:80
  2. Cochrane systematic reviews have proven to be beneficial for decision making processes, both on a practitioner and a policy level, and there are current initiatives to extend the types of evidence used by them...

    Authors: Karin Hannes, Andrew Booth, Janet Harris and Jane Noyes
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2013 2:84
  3. In 1996, shortly after the founding of The Cochrane Collaboration, leading figures in test evaluation research established a Methods Group to focus on the relatively new and rapidly evolving methods for the sy...

    Authors: Mariska MG Leeflang, Jonathan J Deeks, Yemisi Takwoingi and Petra Macaskill
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2013 2:82
  4. The Cochrane Collaboration was established in 1993, following the opening of the UK Cochrane Centre in 1992, at a time when searching for studies for inclusion in systematic reviews was not well-developed. Rev...

    Authors: Carol Lefebvre, Julie Glanville, L Susan Wieland, Bernadette Coles and Alison L Weightman
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2013 2:78
  5. Cochrane Reviews are intended to help providers, practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care. The goal of the Cochrane Applicability and Recommendation Methods Group (ARMG) is to devel...

    Authors: Miranda W Langendam, Elie A Akl, Philipp Dahm, Paul Glasziou, Gordon Guyatt and Holger J Schünemann
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2013 2:81
  6. Methods for systematic reviews of the effects of health interventions have focused mainly on addressing the question of 'What works?’ or 'Is this intervention effective in achieving one or more specific outcom...

    Authors: Ian Shemilt, David McDaid, Kevin Marsh, Catherine Henderson, Evelina Bertranou, Jacqueline Mallander, Mike Drummond, Miranda Mugford and Luke Vale
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2013 2:83