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Cochrane Collaboration
open learning material for reviewers

Version 1.1, November 2002


Phil Alderson, UKCC
Sally Green, ACC


These materials were written in 2002. They were revised in 2009 to update links to relevant sections of the latest versions of the Cochrane Handbook and Review Manager software.

 While the Open Learning Materials provide a general guide, users must refer to the current version of The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (www.cochrane-handbook.org/) for detailed, up-to-date advice.

Click here for further details of the revisions made in 2009 and some specific limitations with these materials.

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Using this material

There are two main ways to use this material

  • On screen
    You can view all the pages in your usual Internet browser, navigating around by clicking with your mouse to take you to other modules, pages or subsections.

    Click here to begin, or use the numbers at the top to go to a specific module.

  • On paper
    Many people prefer to read a paper version. We have put pdf files of each module within the material so that you can print individual modules out, and combined it all into one file if you want to print the whole thing out in one go.

    To print out the whole thing now, use the link on the left. Please be aware that it is 196 pages long.


Minor amendments are sometimes made to the material between the major revisions, which are planned every two years. A list of the changes made can be found in the Revision history.


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