Writing a protocol

For every Cochrane Review, it's important to plan the methods carefully in advance and this is done through writing and agreeing a protocol. Protocols are a required component of a Cochrane Review and are designed to avoid duplication and reduce bias.

This presentation gives guidance on the rationale for writing a protocol for a Cochrane Review, the standard format for how protocols are structured and the content that you will need to provide.

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After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Explain the rationale for writing a protocol
  • Prepare a protocol in the standard format used in RevMan

Writing a protocol - slidecast

Author information: 
Miranda Cumpston

Approved by the Cochrane Methods Board on 18 October 2010.

Compiled by Miranda Cumpston, based on materials by the Australasian Cochrane Centre and the Canadian Cochrane Centre.