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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. Content type: Commentary

    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

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  2. Content type: Commentary

    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

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  3. Content type: Research

    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

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  4. Content type: Commentary

    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

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  5. Content type: Commentary

    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

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  6. Content type: Methodology

    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

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