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Title: Assessing risk of bias in included studies: the recommended tool for Cochrane reviews

Methods Group: Bias Methods Group

Topic category: Methods for preparing systematic reviews
Target audience: Review authors, editors and referees
Restricted: No
Level of knowledge required: Basic
Type of workshop: Training


To provide initial training to review authors in the recommended tool for assessing risk of bias in Cochrane reviews.

Assessment of the (internal) validity of included studies is an important part of a Cochrane review. A new tool was implemented in RevMan 5, and is descried in detail in version 5 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. The 'Risk of bias' table is an extension of the table of 'Characteristics of included studies'. The tool involves providing a description of what happened in the study, and a judgement of whether this was sufficient to avoid a high risk of bias, for each in a series of key domains. The default domains for assessment of a clinical trial are sequence generation, allocation sequence concealment, blinding, incomplete outcome data, selective reporting and 'other' risks of bias. The workshop will introduce the new tool and offer the opportunity for participants to try it out on a report of a clinical trial. Participants are welcome to bring their own trial report.

Maximum no. of participants: 30
Minimum no. of participants: 5

Single computer for presenter
LCD projector

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