As with any research, the first and most important decision in preparing a systematic review is to determine its focus. This is best done by clearly framing the questions the review seeks to answer. Well-formulated questions will guide many aspects of the review process, including determining eligibility criteria, searching for studies, collecting data from included studies, and presenting findings.
In Cochrane reviews, the research questions are summarised in the title.
The titles of Cochrane reviews all follow a similar logic. New titles should therefore fit one of the three prescribed formats:
1. [Intervention] for [health problem], or
2. [Intervention A] versus [Intervention B/Control] for [health problem], or
3. [Intervention] for [health problem] in [participant group/location]
For example: "Manual material handling advice and assistive devices for preventing and treating back pain in workers"
NB. Please consult the Cohrane Library first and foremost to see what has been registered already so that your proposal avoids overlap!
- Notify us of an important topic that someone (other than yourself) should review
E-mail the Managing Editor (email@example.com) with your suggestion.
- Propose to register a title of a review that you wish to conduct yourself
Fill in and submit our Review Proposal Form.