Introduction to Cochrane Methodology, 18-22 November 2024

Introduction to Cochrane Methodology, 18 - 22 November 2024

Cochrane Sweden is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 1-week course on Cochrane Methodology from 18 - 22 November 2024. The course is aimed to be conducted at campus in Lund from Monday to Thursday and online over Zoom for Friday.  

The course is primarily aimed at Ph.D. students and researchers from the fields of medicine, health science or epidemiology but is open to join for everyone interested in creating or understanding systematic reviews. 

This 40-hour course will cover the following topics and also include self-tuition with Cochrane Interactive Learning.

Course content
- Introduction to understanding and conducting a systematic review of interventions
- Writing a review protocol
- Searching for studies
- Selecting studies and collecting data
- Introduction to study quality and risk of bias
- Analyzing the data and conducting a meta-analysis
- Interpreting the findings and GRADE
- Reporting the results of a review

Teaching forms 
Lectures, discussions, group work and the Cochrane Interactive Learning platform. 

- Attendance, active participation in discussions and teamwork, and completion of modules 1-8 of Cochrane Interactive Learning. 
- You will receive a course certificate at the end of the course. If you are enrolled as a Ph.D student the course is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. 

- Mornings on campus in Lund, Sweden on Monday to Thursday, and over Zoom on Friday.  Afternoons will contain individual work in the Cochrane Interactive Learning modules. 

18-22 November (Monday - Friday). Mornings from 08.00 to lunch will be in class, and in the afternoons you will work on your own in the Cochrane Interactive Learning-modules. 

- For Ph.D students from the Faculty of Medicine (from Swedish Universities or inside EEA): Free participation. 
- For other participants (i.e. individuals not enrolled in a Ph.D program within EU/EEA): 5000 SEK. When you register for the course at the Lund University page below, indicate that you are not enrolled as a PhD student within EU/EEA in "Other Comments" and we will contact you for invoice details if you are admitted. 

How to register
- The registration is done through Lund University website for everyone (even if you're not based at Lund University). 
- If you are applying as a non-PhD student, fill in all the text fields when possible and write "not applicable" in the fields which are related to PhD-students only, and describe your situation in the "Other comments" section at the end. 
Course Literature and Resources
- Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. 2nd Edition. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
- The Cochrane Handbook is also available as a free e-book:


The course is aimed at PhD students and researchers who want to increase their knowledge about how to conduct a systematic review or an evidence synthesis related to interventions. The course is also relevant for people who will use systematic reviews, evidence synthesis or results from randomized trials to inform decisions in healthcare.

The course will increase the knowledge about systematic reviews with a focus on interventions and the process from the initial idea and research question to best practice reporting of results in reviews and how reviews can be used within healthcare.


The course will include lecturers and facilitators from several Cochrane Centers, each within their expert area. Discussions and working in groups will be mixed with lectures and individual work within the Cochrane Interactive Learning-modules. There will be time to ask individual questions to our lecturers and facilitators about your own potential reviews or other evidence-related questions during the week.

You can find more information about the course at the Lund University Course page here