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Methodological requirements for searching for studies for Cochrane Reviews: an update on the MECIR standards

Date and Location

Session: 

W2.02

Date: 

Saturday 21 September 2013 - 13:30 - 15:00

Location

Methods Group and core training

Methods Group

Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Carol Lefebvre

Facilitators

Carol Lefebvre
Anna Noel-Storr
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country

First name

Mike

Last name

Clarke

Affiliation and Country

Methodology Review Group

First name

Julie

Last name

Glanville

Affiliation and Country

Information Retrieval Methods Group
Target audience

Target audience

Trials Search Co-ordinators, other Information Specialists and review authors with experience of searching for studies

Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?

Open

Level of knowledge required

Intermediate
Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Training
Abstract text

Abstract

Background: The Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) project was established to specify methodological expectations, or standards, for Cochrane reviews and to ensure that these standards are implemented across the Collaboration. Standards have been published for the conduct and for reporting of new Cochrane intervention reviews (http://www.editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir). Each standard is considered to be either mandatory (compliance required for publication) or highly desirable (expected but may be justifiably not done). Objectives: This workshop will focus on these standards with respect to searching for studies. It will increase awareness amongst participants of the new requirements and provide an opportunity for Trials Search Co-ordinators and others responsible for searching for studies to discuss these standards with their peers and debate implementation issues. Description: This workshop will consist of: an overview of the background to reaching consensus on the standards; discussion of the standards; and consideration of implementation issues. It will be interactive with small-group and across-group discussion, followed by whole-group feedback and debate. Participants will have the opportunity to assess examples from anonymised reviews and consider whether they meet the standards followed by a user-perspective presentation of some of the implementation challenges and group discussion on how those challenges might be met.