Cochrane Interactive Learning

Module 11: Health equity in systematic reviews

About this module

Part of the Cochrane Interactive Learning course on Conducting an Intervention Review, this module will give you an introduction to health equity considerations when planning and conducting a systematic review.

Duration 60-75 minutes

What you can expect to learn (learning outcomes)

This module will teach you to:

  • Understand health equity
  • Identify population characteristics relevant for health equity
  • Identify evidence for health equity
  • Include equity in your systematic review
  • Consider equity in knowledge translation

Authors, contributors, and how to cite this module

Module 11 has been written and compiled by:

Jennifer Petkovic, Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group, Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada

Vivian Welch, Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group, Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada

Peter Tugwell, University of Ottawa, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program; University of Ottawa, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Canada

Jordi Pardo Pardo, Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group

Stephanie Duench, Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group

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: Petkovic J, Welch V, Tugwell P, Sambunjak D. Module 11: Health equity in systematic reviews. In: Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an intervention review. Cochrane, 2020. Available from

Update and feedback

The module was last updated on September 2022.

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