Individualised support for reviewers provided by Cochrane Brazil




Poster session 3


Tuesday 25 October 2016 - 10:30 to 11:00


All authors in correct order:

Martimbianco A1, Gustavo P1, Parra M1, Freitas C1, Logullo P1, Mazzuco A1, Batista M1, Cruz C1, Albuquerque J1, Tavares M1, Silva A1, Pedrosa M1, Torloni M1, Atallah Á1, Riera R1
1 Cochrane Brazil, Brazil
Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author:

Patricia Logullo

Contact person:

Abstract text
Background: Over the past years, Cochrane Brazil (CB) has assisted authors to develop systematic reviews through individualised support sessions for those interested in learning and understanding the Cochrane methodology, in addition to providing support for authors of ongoing reviews who need CB to clarify issues during the review process. The support is conducted by the team of researchers affiliated to the CB, and it involves all steps of the systematic review process: PICO (participants, intervention, comparator, outcomes) definition, title registration, protocol elaboration, searches in databases, conducting the review, qualitative ('Risk of bias' and GRADE assessments), and quantitative (meta-analysis) data assessments.

Objective: To describe the assistance that was provided at the CB to Brazilian researchers, for all development steps of a Cochrane systematic review, during an 18-month period between October 2014 and April 2016.

Results: One-hundred and thirty-six instances of assistance were provided during the period analysed. The most frequent types of assistance provided concerned: search strategy 36% (49/136), meta-analysis 18% (25/136), and PICO definition and title registration 16% (22/136) (Graph 1).

Conclusion: Individual assistance conducted at the CB has helped the development and quality of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.