Resources: Creating Evidence and Knowledge Gaps

Creating Evidence and Knowledge Gaps


Guide to writing an abstract for a systematic review  

This guide, created by Cochrane UK in 2021, guides users through writing a clear, easy to read, understandable and translatable abstract for high quality systematic reviews. Apart from recommended structure and phrases, it contains templates and examples of previous systematic review abstracts and possible improvements to enhance the use and clarity of the abstracts. 


How to register a Cochrane Review  

If you are interested in conducting a Cochrane Review in the future and contribute to inform health decision making by producing trusted and timely synthesized evidence, – this will guide you through the steps and requirements needed.  


Kunskapsluckor from SBU 

Knowledge gaps within healthcare, which means areas which are not yet evaluated or where more evidence is needed to make informed decisions, is a database provided by SBU. These areas provides a guide to where more research or new systematic reviews are needed to be able to make more informed decisions.  


PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews within health-topics where the review protocols are recorded and maintained as a permanent record. PROSPERO aims to provide a comprehensive listing of systematic reviews registered at inception to help avoid duplication of systematic reviews and reduce opportunity for reporting bias by enabling comparison of the completed review with what was planned in the protocol. PROSPERO is produced by CRD and funded by the National Institute for Health Research. 


Cochrane Priority Reviews  

Cochrane Priority Reviews is a ‘living’ record of Cochrane’s efforts to identify reviews that are of greatest importance to our stakeholders and are likely to impact significantly on health outcomes worldwide. The list is updated in real time as reviews are published and new titles added. 


Cochrane Response  

Cochrane Response, the new evidence consultancy initiative from Cochrane. The aim is to increase Cochrane’s capacity to respond to requests for commissioned evidence reviews. The initiative provides tailored and responsive evidence services, and accessible review formats for healthcare commissioners on a fee-for-service basis.