Risk of bias assessments: putting them into practice


This is a recorded webinar with Sharon Kramer, Training Co-ordinator from Cochrane Australia, on assessing risk of bias in Cochrane Reviews.

'Risk of bias' assessments are the method used in Cochrane reviews to critically appraise the quality of included studies, looking at issues such as randomisation, allocation concealment, blinding, missing data, selective reporting and more. This webinar gives an introduction to assessing studies using the Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool. It also explains how to integrate your assessments and use them to interpret the results of your review. Examples from real-life Cochrane reviews are used to discuss various domains in the Cochrane Risk of Bias tool.  Questions from webinar participants are used as a prompt for additional clarifications.

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After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Describe what is risk of bias in included studies and why it is important to assess it
  • Recognize different sources of bias in included studies
  • Identify possible ways of avoiding risk of bias
  • Use the Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool to assess the risk of bias in studies included in your review

Risk of bias assessments - putting them into practice

Author information: 
Kramer, Sharon

Thanks to Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Australasian Cochrane Center.