EPOC-specific resources for review authors

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Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC). EPOC Resources for review authors. Oslo: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services; 2015. Available at: http://epoc.cochrane.org/epoc-specific-resources-review-authors

About these resources


Title registration

  1. Review Proposal Form
    1a Minimum requirements for registration of a title with EPOC
    1b Criteria for rejecting an EPOC protocol
    1c Criteria for rejecting a review submitted to EPOC
    1d Criteria for registering a qualitative evidence synthesis with EPOC
    1e The EPOC taxonomy and guidance for using it
  2. Identifying Cochrane and non-Cochrane reviews relevant to your review topic'
  3. When should EPOC reviews only include studies from low- and middle-income countries?
  4. How narrow or broad should EPOC reviews be?
  5. What study designs should be included in an EPOC review and what should they be called?
  6. What outcomes should be reported in EPOC reviews?

    Protocols and reviews

  7. Cochrane protocol headings
  8. How to develop a search strategy
    8a. Database syntax guide
    8b. TSC support to EPOC LMIC authors
  9. Which studies should be included in the Characteristics of excluded studies table?
  10. How to report the search process in EPOC protocols, reviews and updates
    10a. Search log template
  11. Taking account of adverse effects in EPOC reviews
  12. Incorporating economic evidence in EPOC reviews
  13. Data extraction and management
    13a Good practice data extraction form
  14. Suggested risk of bias criteria for EPOC reviews
  15. How to prepare a risk of bias table for reviews that include more than one study design
  16. Summary assessments of the risk of bias
  17. What are explanatory factors and why should they be included in protocols? 
    • Conducting and reporting subgroup analyses (See What are explanatory factors)       
  18. Equity considerations in EPOC reviews
  19. Analysis in EPOC reviews
  20. Synthesising results when it does not make sense to do a meta-analysis
  21. Interrupted time series (ITS) analyses
    21a. SPSS time series analysis
  22. Results should not be reported as statistically significant or statistically non-significant
  23. Worksheets for preparing Summary of Findings tables using GRADE
  24. How to report the effects of an intervention
  25. Implications for practice
  26. Implications for research
  27. Reporting empty reviews and results from excluded studies
  28. Author pre-submission checklist - protocols
  29. Author pre-submission checklist - reviews and updates