Cochrane Standards for conduct and reporting of new reviews of interventions

Cochrane Reviews are recognized as standards of best practice regarding the quality of conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. To maintain this position and to ensure the consistency across all Cochrane Review Groups, Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) have been developed.

MECIR consists of two sets of methodological standards which all authors of Cochrane Intervention Reviews are expected to follow. One set of standards refers to the conduct of Cochrane Reviews and the other to the reporting. It is important to distinguish these two aspects, as attributes of quality are not the same for both.

Methodological standards for the conduct of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews consist of 80 items, covering all the main steps or phases in conducting a Cochrane Review. Methodological standards for the reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews consist of 108 items and cover all the elements and sections of a Cochrane Review.

Some of the items in the methodological standards are mandatory and others are highly desirable. All items, however, should at least be considered in the process of conducting and writing a Cochrane Intervention Review.

The link below leads to the Cochrane Methods website, where the standards for the conduct and reporting of new reviews of interventions can be downloaded.

After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Understand the methodological expectations in Cochrane Intervention Reviews
  • Check your review against the methodological expectations