Interactive Learning

Module 1: Introduction to conducting systematic reviews

About this module

Part of the Cochrane Interactive Learning course on Conducting an Intervention Review, this module introduces you to what systematic reviews are and why they are useful. This module describes the various types and preferred format of review questions, and outlines the process of conducting systematic reviews.

Time 45 minutes

What you can expect to learn (learning outcomes)

This module will teach you to:

  • Recognize features of systematic reviews as a research design
  • Recognize the importance of using rigorous methods to conduct a systematic review
  • Identify the types of review questions
  • Identify the elements of a well-defined review question
  • Understand the steps in a systematic review

Authors, contributors, and how to cite this module

Module 1 has been written and compiled by Dario Sambunjak, Miranda Cumpston and Chris Watts from Cochrane's Learning and Support Department.

A full list of acknowledgements, including our expert advisors from across Cochrane, is available at the end of each module page. 

This module should be cited as: Sambunjak D, Cumpston M, Watts C. Module 1: Introduction to conducting systematic reviews. In: Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an intervention review. Cochrane, 2017. Available from

Staying up to date

This module was last updated in December 2019.

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