Cochrane Peer Review Training


Cochrane Peer Review Training Modules for Dietitians


Cochrane Reviews are an important source of synthesized research for dietitians, as they are used to help guide their practice and keep up-to-date on the latest quality evidence. Dietitians have a unique perspective that is very useful in designing systematic reviews. Not only do they have nutrition-related knowledge and expertise, but they can also provide insight on what information will be most useful to them in a professional setting, as well as what information their patients are most interested in. 
Cochrane Canada and the Dietitians of Canada identified the need to increase the use of Cochrane Systematic Reviews among dietitians, and to improve the relevance and applicability of reviews on nutrition-related topics.

A first step to accomplishing this is to involve dietitians in the peer review process of Cochrane Reviews. 

The objectives of the training modules are to:

  • Help dietitians gain confidence, expertise and comfort in knowledge synthesis through peer review

  • Lead more dietitians to getting involved in authoring nutrition-related Cochrane Reviews and integrating them into practice or guidelines

  • Use the professional experience of practicing dietitians to ensure that Cochrane Reviews are relevant to the needs of dietitians

Module 1  20 minutes
You will be introduced to The Cochrane Collaboration, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and the importance of the peer review process. 
Module 2  40 minutes
You will learn about the Cochrane peer review process and how you can provide valuable feedback on Cochrane protocols and systematic reviews. 
Module 3  20 minutes
You will be introduced to meta-analysis and some of the statistics used in Cochrane Systematic Reviews, such as relative risks, odds ratios and mean differences.
When participants have viewed all three modules, they will be asked to fill out a short evaluation form prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Click here to access the free online modules.
This project was funded by a CIHR Meetings, Planning and Dissemination grant.