Cochrane Interactive Learning

Module 10: Network meta-analysis

About this module

Part of the Cochrane Interactive Learning course on Conducting an Intervention Review, this module will give you an introduction to network meta-analysis (NMA) in the context of a systematic review of randomized trials.

Duration 90-120 minutes

What you can expect to learn (learning outcomes)

This module will teach you to:

  • Decide when it is (not) appropriate to do an NMA
  • Understand assumptions required for NMA
  • Plan an analytical strategy to address a particular question by an NMA
  • Understand the results of an NMA
  • Assess the confidence in results from an NMA

Authors, contributors, and how to cite this module

Module 10 has been written and compiled by:

Tianjing Li, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Julian Higgins, Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, UK

Dario Sambunjak, Cochrane Central Executive Team.

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: Higgins J, Li T, Sambunjak D, Watts C. Module 10: Network meta-analysis. In: Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an intervention review. Cochrane, 2019. Available from

Update and feedback

The module was last updated on September 2022.

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