Changes in reviews in RevMan 5.2 and introduction to QUADAS-2


This lesson is part of an introductory series developed by Cochrane Screening & Diagnostic Test Methods Group to support authors in the production of DTA reviews. This is Lesson 9.1 of Module 9: Improving and updating the review. A full list of currently available or planned lessons is available here.

This lesson describes the changes in the RevMan 5.2 in comparison to the 5.1 version of the software. The biggest change in RevMan 5.2 is the Quality Assessment Structure. This allows reviewers to use the new QUADAS 2 tool for assessing the risk of bias and applicability concerns for included studies. A change in the format of the Characteristics of Included Studies tables is also explained in this lesson.

After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • recognize the differences between 5.2 and 5.1 versions of the RevMan software
  • use the RevMan 5.2 to present the quality assessment and characteristics of studeis included in your DTA review

9.1 Changes in reviews in RevMan 5.2 and introduction to QUADAS-2

Author information: 
Deeks, Jon; Takwoingi, Yemisi; Leeflang, Mariska; Davenport, Clare

Cite as: Deeks JJ, Takwoingi Y, Leeflang MM, Davenport CF. Changes in reviews in RevMan 5.2 and introduction to QUADAS-2. Lesson 9.1: Cochrane Collaboration DTA Online Learning Materials. The Cochrane Collaboration, February 2015. Videocast (20 slides, 21 minutes, sound, colour). Available at <>.

Session compiled and narrated by Jon Deeks with technical support from Anne Walker and Paul Good, University of Birmingham. With grateful acknowledgement of the many members of the Cochrane DTA Reviews Working Group upon which the materials, in part, are based. Funded by the UK NIHR and the Cochrane Collaboration, with support from the University of Birmingham and the University of Amsterdam.