Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Background: The article aims to investigate the suitability of Cochrane handbook for the preparation of systematic reviews of public health importance. Methods: The information about various aspects of a systematic review was extracted from all 39 Cochrane public health systematic reviews, independently by three reviewers. This was carried out by means of a data extraction form and was examined if the methodological constructs used by the reviews have been furnished in the Cochrane handbook. Results and Discussion: It was observed that17 (44%) of the 39 reviews adopted meta-analysis and 20(52%) of the systematic reviews used the risk of bias assessment tool other than that mentioned in the handbook. Conclusion: The Cochrane handbook is not an effective comprehensive source of information for the preparation of systematic reviews of public health importance

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