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Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 6.1

Reporting guideline provided for?
(i.e. exactly what the authors state in the paper)
Systematic reviews of interventions.
Full bibliographic reference Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions version 6.1 (updated September 2020). Cochrane, 2020.
Language English
Relevant URLs
(full-text if available)
The full-text of this handbook is freely available from: Cochrane Handbook
Study design Systematic reviews/Meta-analyses/Reviews/HTA/Overviews
Applies to the whole report or to individual sections of the report? Whole report
Other Other guidance available from the Cochrane Collaboration
Methodological expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR): Standards for the conduct and reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews, reporting of protocols and the planning, conduct and reporting of updates. Full-text available from: MECIR guidance

Methodological expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR): Standards for the reporting of plain language summaries in new Cochrane Intervention Reviews 2013. Full-text available from: Plain language summaries (PDF)


The PRISMA flow diagram has been adapted for use in Cochrane systematic review updates. Further details are available in the article below:

Stovold E, Beecher D, Foxlee R, Noel-Storr A. Study flow diagrams in Cochrane systematic review updates: an adapted PRISMA flow diagram. Syst Rev. 2014 May 29;3:54. PMID: 24886533

Record last updated on January 13, 2022


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