Resources: E-Books and Books

E-Books and Guides 


Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions 6.1  

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official guide that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions. The handbook is free to use for everyone, but is primarily aimed at students and researchers who wants to examine, evaluate and synthesize health research in a high quality manner. The handbook was updated online in September 2020.  

The Handbook includes guidance on the standard methods applicable to every review (planning a review, searching and selecting studies, data collection, risk of bias assessment, statistical analysis, GRADE and interpreting results), as well as more specialised topics. 


Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions 5.1  

The old version of The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is also free for everyone to use. In this version you can learn more about the first Risk of Bias-instrument which is still widely used today.   


Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy  

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy is the official guide that describes the process of preparing and conducting a systematic review of diagnostic test accuracy. There is currently 6 chapters out of 11 that is available to read for everyone. New chapters will be updated in the handbook continuously.  


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. 


Cochrane Information Specialists' Handbook

The Information Specialists' Handbook presents a thorough material on the basics and advanced strategies used for searching for evidence, creating the search strategy and other ways to find material to include in systematic reviews. 



Testing Treatments  

A free e-book available in several languages that in an engaging and easy way explores medical research, and especially explores where medical research can go wrong. This book can be recommended to everyone interested in medical research but has also been widely used in teaching of medical, nurse and health-students across the world. You can read Ben Goldacre’s forword here as an introduction to the book. 


GRADE Handbook  

The GRADE handbook describes the process of rating the quality of the best available evidence and developing health care recommendations following the approach proposed by the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group. The handbook is free to use for everyone but is primarily aimed at researchers and decisionmakers. This is the most comprehensive resource on the GRADE approach and deals with both the use of GRADE in systematic reviews and its application in the guideline development process.  


SBU Metodbok  

The SBUs Metodbok is a resource in Swedish from SBU. It is a guidance for people involved in preparing and conducting systematic reviews within healthcare and social services in Sweden and is similar to the Cochrane Methodology. It is free for everyone to use and is written in a clear and easy to understand way.  


Folkhälsomydigheten Handledning för Litteraturöversikter 

Folkhälsomyndighetens handbook for literature reviews (version 2.0) presents and guides you through systematic ways to find and evaluate the best possible knowledge based on published research. The handbook presents 4 different methods to synthezise knowledge relevant in epidemiology and publc health which are based on extended or limited reviews which can be either systematic or mapping. 


Knowledge Translation and implementation of Evidence  

Knowledge Translation (KT) is the process of supporting the use of high quality health evidence to those who need it to make health decisions. This guidance presents all learning resources from Cochrane about Knowledge Translation and Implementation guidance – including recorded lectures, webinars, online modules, documents as well as external resources.  


Cochrane Library Flipbook  

The Cochrane Library Flipbook aims to guide you through using the Cochrane Library by providing an easy guide to find the evidence you want. The Flipbook is free for everyone to use.