Writing a great abstract of a Cochrane Review

This is a recorded Cochrane Australia webinar with Elaine Beller and Paul Glasziou from the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at the Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Abstracts are a key window on your review – many readers will rely only on the abstract to summarise your findings, and a recent audit of published Cochrane abstracts found that many authors struggle to clearly communicate their key findings. This webinar describes various uses for abstracts of systematic reviews and points out some common errors in writing abstracts. It presents published and planned reporting standards for abstracts of systematic reviews. Finally, some examples of poor reporting practices in abstracts are discussed and recommendations for improvements provided.

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After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Understand the importance of writing good abstracts of systematic reviews
  • Identify poor reporting practices in abstracts of systematic reviews
  • Write a good abstract of a systematic review

Author information: 
Beller, Elaine; Glasziou, Paul

NHMRC Australia Fellowship (#527500 awarded to Paul Glasziou)

Matt Page and Miranda Cumpstion, Australasian Cochrane Centre