Author Training Workshop

Cochrane Author Workshop

2021 workshop:  Dates yet to be confirmed

Are you thinking of undertaking a Cochrane review? Have you recently registered a review title with a Cochrane group? If so, please join us at McMaster University for Cochrane's standard author training course.

Take this three-day session to learn the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions, and a hands-on session with the Review Manager software.

This workshop is suitable if you:

  • Have registered a review title about interventions, and are ready to begin writing your protocol
  • Have little or no experience in systematic reviews
  • You are experiencing difficulty defining the scope of your review 

What will be covered?


  1. Overview of the Cochrane Collaboration and Systematic Reviews
  2. Defining the Research Question and Developing a Protocol
  3. Systematic Searching of the Literature
  4. Study Selection
  5. Critical Appraisal and Risk of Bias tool
  6. Data extraction
  7. Analysis and Interpretation
  8. GRADE, Summary of Findings tables & Completing Your Review
  9. RevMan

We use a mixture of teaching styles, but this workshop is based mainly around small group discussions to develop and refine the background and objectives sections of your protocol.

While the course is being organised and delivered by the Upper GI and Pancreatic diseases group, the course is not specific to gastroenterology topics.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the workshop, you should:

  • Be confident of the question your review is addressing and the implications for the review methods you will use
  • Understand the scope of your review
  • Have entered the criteria for selecting studies and objectives sections of the protocol into RevMan

The course will be held from approximately 9 am to 5 pm over three days at McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton Canada.

A registration fee of $300 CDN includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

To register, please complete and return the Registration Form with payment.

Please note:

Participants are required to bring their own laptop for course work. Free, wireless internet access will be provided.

Accommodation is not included in the cost of registration. Local hotels, in order of proximity to campus include:

Transportation - The course will be held at McMaster University medical centre, located at 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton.

    Cancellation policy - No refund will be given for cancellations requested.

    Please email Cathy if you have any questions or concerns on