Introducing systematic reviews of prognosis studies to Cochrane: what and how?

Prognosis studies address future outcomes and the prediction of these outcomes in individuals. Prognosis forms the basis of personalized or risk-based medicine. Primary studies on prognostic factors, (bio)markers, tests and models are abundant. Systematic syntheses of this massive evidence is necessary. The Prognosis Methods Group, over recent years has made significant progress in the development and testing of novel methods and tools for the design, conduct, quantitative synthesis, interpretation and reporting of systematic reviews of prognosis studies. They are expecting to publish reviews in the near future and some examples are expected soon. These videos, originally part of the Cochrane Learning Live webinar series, introduce the different types of prognosis review questions and the corresponding novel tools. The target audiences are review authors, editors and anyone else with a general interest in systematic reviews of prognosis studies.

Below you will find videos from the webinar along with the accompanying slides to download [PDF].

Part 1: Steps in undertaking a systematic review of prognosis studies

Part 2: Implementation within Cochrane – training, tools and templates

Part 3: Exemplar programme

Presenter bio:

Carl Moons is a clinical epidemiologist and co-convenor of the Prognosis Methods Group. His primary expertise is improving existing and developing novel methods for the design, conduct, analyses and reporting of clinical studies and systematic reviews and meta-analyses, notably of prognostic and diagnostic test/marker/modelling studies.

Lotty Hooft is co-director of Cochrane Netherlands and member of the Prognosis Methods Group. She is involved in developing and refining methods for systematic reviews and meta-analysis about healthcare interventions, diagnostic tests accuracy, and prognostic studies.

Anneke Damen is the coordinator of the Prognosis Methods Group. Her research focusses on developing methods for systematic reviews and meta-analysis of prognostic models. All three presenters work at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands.


Part 1: Steps in undertaking a systematic review of prognosis studies


Part 2: Implementation within Cochrane - training, tools and templates


Part 3: Exemplar programme


 

Author information: 
Moons, Carl; Hooft, Lotty; Damen, Anneke