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Updated method guidelines for Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group systematic reviews and metaanalyses


Ghogomu, EA and Maxwell, LJ and Buchbinder, R and Rader, T and Pardo Pardo, J and Johnston, RV and Christensen, RD and Rutjes, AW and Winzenberg, TM and Singh, JA and Zanoli, G and Wells, GA and Tugwell, P, Editorial Board of the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group, Updated method guidelines for Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group systematic reviews and metaanalyses, Journal of Rheumatology, 41, (2) pp. 194-205. ISSN 0315-162X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 The Journal of Rheumatology

DOI: doi:10.3899/jrheum.121306


The Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group (CMSG), one of 53 groups of the not-for-profit, international Cochrane Collaboration, prepares, maintains, and disseminates systematic reviews of treatments for musculoskeletal diseases. It is important that authors conducting CMSG reviews and the readers of our reviews be aware of and use updated, state-of-the-art systematic review methodology. One hundred sixty reviews have been published. Previous method guidelines for systematic reviews of interventions in the musculoskeletal field published in 2006 have been substantially updated to incorporate methodological advances that are mandatory or highly desirable in Cochrane reviews and knowledge translation advances. The methodological advances include new guidance on searching, new risk-of-bias assessment, grading the quality of the evidence, the new Summary of Findings table, and comparative effectiveness using network metaanalysis. Method guidelines specific to musculoskeletal disorders are provided by CMSG editors for various aspects of undertaking a systematic review. These method guidelines will help improve the quality of reporting and ensure high standards of conduct as well as consistency across CMSG reviews.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:evidence-based medicine, arthritis, systematic review, meta analysis, musculoskeletal
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, TM (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
ID Code:88506
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (1028591)
Web of Science® Times Cited:71
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-02-05
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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