Can cochrane reviews inform your clinical decision making process?


The objectives for this workshop are:

  • To help participants think about forming structured questions to reflect a specific uncertainty. 
  • To conduct a scoping search of the literature and examine some of the findings. 
  • To contrast these findings with a Cochrane review. 
  • To consider the pros and cons of the review from the perspective of workshop attendees.

At the start of the session, a  presentation about PICO and the consideration of relevant questions that we might be interested in, as well as the kind of study that we would ideally like to see to answer effectiveness questions, will be given.

The results of a scoping search using PubMed Clinical Queries will be presented. We will review the output and consider the papers or a selection of papers in smaller groups to see what sort of evidence is presented.

We will then consider and talk though the issues with a selection of studies and compare them with a systematic review that addresses the same question. This will be used to highlight:

  • How the review is structured to answer a question
  • The more extensive search that has been conducted
  • The use of inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • The risk of bias

Participants will read a summary of the review and think about the pros and the cons from their perspective.

Thursday 14 May. 08:00 - 09:30

Platinum 7



  • Jo Dumville
  • Una Adderley
  • Sally Bell-Syer