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Searching trials registers to identify studies for Cochrane Reviews (restricted) ***In computer lab; no need for personal laptops

Date and Location

Session: 

W4.10

Date: 

Monday 23 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
Julie Glanville

Facilitators

Julie Glanville
Carol Lefebvre
Target audience

Target audience

Trials Search Co-ordinators, other information specialists and review authors. Participants should be experienced in developing searches and searching databases such as MEDLINE / PubMed.

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

Restricted

Level of knowledge required

Basic
Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Training
Abstract text

Abstract

Objectives: Searching trials registers to identify studies for Cochrane Reviews is advocated in the Cochrane Handbook (Chapter 6 – Searching for Studies). With the introduction of the ‘Methodological standards for the conduct of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews’ (MECIR) under the Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Reviews programme, searching trials registers is mandatory for new Cochrane Reviews (MECIR Standard C27). The above Standard requires the searching of “trials registers and repositories of results, where relevant to the topic through ClinicalTrials.gov, the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) portal and other sources as appropriate”. Trials registers provide information on current and recently completed research. They are important for systematic reviews because they provide opportunities to reduce publication bias. Trials registers are developing quickly and provide challenges to efficient searching. Description: The target audience for this workshop is Trials Search Co-ordinators, other information specialists and review authors with searching experience. The workshop is open and participants need to have an intermediate level of knowledge of searching. The workshop will give a brief overview of the development of trials registers followed by an online demonstrations of key registers. There will be hands-on exercises if facilities permit or a discussion of search approaches.