Cochrane Methods Training Event (PART 2)
Editorial considerations for reviews that compare multiple interventions: use of indirect comparisons, network meta-analysis and Overviews of reviews
This training event addressed methods and applications for the comparison of multiple interventions in Cochrane Reviews, including indirect comparisons and network meta-analysis. It was offered by the Cochrane Comparing Multiple Interventions Methods Group.
Content: Setting up a review to compare multiple interventions; rationale and validity of approaches; simple indirect and mixed comparisons; editorial issues. Examples of previously published meta-analyses were used to illustrate the concepts.
Objectives: by the end of the course, participants should be able:
- to understand the role and potential of indirect comparisons and network meta-analyses in Cochrane Intervention Reviews and Cochrane Overviews of Reviews;
- to understand the basic principles and steps involved in indirect comparisons and network meta-analyses;
- to undertake a simple indirect comparison, and to consider this appropriately alongside a direct comparison of the same two interventions;
- to support Cochrane editorial bases in their support of review authors undertaking indirect comparisons and network meta-analysis.