Too many reviews to update, not enough time or resources! A workshop on prioritising and tools to update reviews


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

Workshop category: 

  • Priority setting for syntheses to meet global priorities


Date and Location


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


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Stephanie Chang
Paul Garner
Harriet MacLehose
Target audience

Target audience: 

Guideline groups, Cochrane editors, or funders of systematic reviews who have a portfolio of systematic reviews and are faced with the challenge of deciding which review to update and when.

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



-Describe a framework for prioritising which reviews to update.
-Apply criteria to examples in determining which reviews to update.
-Identify tools that can be used to improve the efficiency of updating reviews.

Description: Overview (20 min): The workshop will start with an overview of the decision framework for assessing systematic reviews for updating, published in the BMJ (BMJ 2016;354:i3507). Representatives from Cochrane and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will reflect on the framework from their perspectives.

Application (30 min): Participants will then engage with facilitators and developers of the framework to apply the criteria and decision framework to different examples from Cochrane, AHRQ, and NICE.

Demonstration and Discussion (25 min): G-I-N Tech will provide a demonstration of tools that are available to help improve the efficiency of updating reviews. Participants will have an opportunity to engage and ask questions.

Wrap-up and next steps (15 min): Two discussants will comment on the processes, and identify shared learning points on using the framework and tools. The Workshop Convenors will subsequently summarise the proceedings for participants, and share links to any relevant materials. The workshop will therefore help collate a tool box of approaches that help different groups design strategies to improve the efficiency of their updating processes.