Methods Support Unit web clinic: what makes a good Discussion section?

On 8th September 2022 Nuala Livingstone talked about what makes a good Discussion section in a Cochrane review.



Nuala is a Quality Assurance Editor for the Cochrane Evidence Production and Methods Directorate. As part of this role, Nuala performs quality assurance checks on reviews prior to publication, as well as providing general content and methodological peer review advice, troubleshooting, and training in both methodological and editorial issues. Nuala graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and again in 2010 with a PhD in Psychology. From 2009 until 2015, She worked in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast as a Research Fellow, focusing primarily on Systematic Reviews. During this time, she assisted in a number of reviews undertaken as part of the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group (CDPLPG), and the NIHR Heath Technology Assessment programme on topics including Autism, Child Mental Health, Child Maltreatment, Restorative Justice, and Down’s Syndrome. In 2015, she began her current role in Cochrane Evidence Production and Methods Directorate.

Each month, Cochrane’s Methods Support Unit invites Cochrane Review authors, editors and staff to a 60-minute web clinic to discuss their methodological questions during the production of Cochrane Protocols and Reviews. 

The first half of the session is dedicated to a specific topic which has been requested by the audience or identified through the work of the Methods Support Unit. An invited speaker will present on the issue and there will be time for questions and discussion. In the second half of the session, audience members can discuss specific methodological questions they have about their Cochrane Protocols and Reviews (please submit these to the Methods Support Unit is advance here). Depending on the queries submitted, representatives from Cochrane’s Methods Group may be invited.  If you have any general questions about the clinics or would like to propose a topic, please contact us via

Please note: The sessions are recorded and shared via our website for those who can’t attend, meaning their contents will be stored in the public domain.

Posted by Rachel Richardson