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Systematic review and meta-analysis: Introduction to Cochrane methodology

Course organizer 
Matteo Bruschettini, Stefan Hansson

Stefan Hansson

Target group 
PhD students and researchers at the Faculty of Medicine.

Free participation for PhD students from European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
For info regarding external participation, and for info regarding the fee for external participants, please visit 


Spring 2023
Week 16, 17-21 April, 8:00-16:30

Autumn 2023:
Week 47, 20-24 november- the afternoons consist of individual work.

The course will 2022 be given at BMC in Lund.

Length of course 
The course equals one full week 

1,5 credits

Number of participants
max 20 per edition

Course content

  • Introduction to understanding and conducting a systematic reviews of interventions
  • Writing a review protocol
  • Searching for studies
  • Selecting studies and collecting data
  • Introduction to study quality and risk of bias
  • Analysing the data and meta-analysis
  • Interpreting the findings and GRADE
  • Reporting the results of a review
  • Introduction to health economics

Teaching forms 
 Lectures, "Cochrane Interactive Learning" platform, discussions and teamwork. 

 Attendance, active participation in discussions, finished "Cochrane Interactive Learning" online modules 1-9.

Course Literature and Resources
 Cochrane Interactive Learning:

Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. 2nd Edition. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, 2019.

Also available as a free e-book:

Cochrane Sweden Online-Resources: 


The course is aimed at PhD students and researchers who wants to increase their knowledge about how to conduct a systematic review or evidence synthesis. The course is also relevant for people who will use systematic reviews, evidence synthesis or results from randomized trials to inform decisions in healthcare.

The course aims to increase the knowledge about systematic reviews with a focus on interventions and the process from the initial idea and research question to best practice reporting of results in reviews and how reviews can be used within healthcare.

The course will include lecturers and facilitators from several Cochrane Centers in Europe, each within their expert area. Discussions and working in groups will be mixed with lectures and individual work within the Cochrane Interactive Learning-modules. There will be time to ask individual questions to our lecturers and facilitators about your own potential reviews or other evidence-related questions during the week.


Apply here

Application for this course for spring 2023 is now open. 

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