How to consider health equity in systematic reviews and GRADE guideline development


Workshop session 5: Thursday, 14:00-15:30

Workshop category: 

  • Global health, equity, social and economic policy and practice


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Vivian Welch
Lawrence Mbuagbaw
Elizabeth Kristjansson
Target audience

Target audience: 

Systematic review authors and guideline developers

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



- Participants will be introduced to tools (PRISMA-equity, GRADE equity) that can assist them to incorporate equity into their systematic reviews and guidelines.
- Participants will understand how to report equity considerations completely and transparently.

Description: Health equity is defined as the absence of avoidable differences in health outcomes and is often not addressed in systematic reviews. The Campbell and Cochrane Equity methods group has developed guidance for conducting equity-focused systematic reviews and incorporating equity into guideline development. An equity focused review is one that assesses the effects of interventions targeted at disadvantaged or at-risk populations or alternately one that assesses the effects of interventions aimed at reducing social gradients across populations.

We will introduce participants to guidance for reporting equity-focused reviews and newly developed GRADE guidance on considering health equity in guideline development. We will briefly introduce questions to consider when planning a knowledge translation strategy for an equity-focused review.

Participants will be divided into small groups and will apply these methods to a current topic for guideline development, including how to plan the steps of the systematic review. This workshop will allow participants to develop their skills in equity methods so that they may consider adding equity into their next systematic review.