Cochrane Author Workshop - Hamilton, Canada

Venue:  McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton Canada.

Are you thinking of undertaking a Cochrane review? Have you recently registered a review title with a Cochrane group? If so, please join the Cochrane Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases (UGPD) Group at McMaster University for Cochrane's standard author training course November 30th through to December 2nd.

Take this three-day session to learn the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions and a hands-on session with the Review Manager software.

This workshop is suitable for people who:

  • Have registered a review title about interventions and are ready to begin writing your protocol.
  • Have little or no experience in systematic reviews.
  • Are experiencing difficulty defining the scope of your review

What will be covered?


  1. Overview of the Cochrane Collaboration and Systematic Reviews
  2. Defining the Research Question and Developing a Protocol
  3. Systematic Searching of the Literature
  4. Study Selection
  5. Critical Appraisal and Risk of Bias tool
  6. Data extraction
  7. Analysis and Interpretation
  8. GRADE, Summary of Findings tables & Completing Your Review
  9. RevMan

This workshop is based mainly around small group discussions to develop and refine the background and objectives sections of your protocol.

While the course is being organised and delivered by the Upper GI and Pancreatic diseases group, the course is not specific to gastroenterology topics.


What will you achieve?

By the end of the workshop, participants should:

  • Be confident of the question your review is addressing and the implications for the review methods used
  • Understand the scope of their review
  • Have entered the criteria for selecting studies and objectives sections of the protocol into RevMan 

The course will be held from approximately 9am to 5pm.

For further infomation on the course

Please email Karin Dearness if you have any questions or concerns on