Supplemental Handbook Guidance


This supplemental guidance should be used in conjunction with Chapter 20 of the Cochrane Handbook:  

Noyes J, Hannes K, Booth A, Harris J, Harden A, Popay J, Pearson A, Cargo M, and Pantoja T on behalf of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group. Chapter 20: Qualitative research and Cochrane reviews. In: Higgins JPT, Green S (editors), Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.3.0 (updated October 2015). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2015. Available from

The resources listed below have been approved by the Cochrane Methods Board. This guidance was produced following a Methodological Summit in Adelaide and was produced in August 2011. The current co-convenors are working on revised guidance which should appear in 2016. If you have suggestions for inclusion in this Cochrane guidance or would like to know progress on the guidance to date please contact .

Chapter 1: Developing a protocol in REVMAN

Chapter 2: Question Formulation

Chapter 3: Searching

Chapter 4: Critical appraisal

Chapter 5: Data-extraction

Chapter 6: Synthesis