The Cochrane Methodology Review Group is the Cochrane Review Group responsible for Cochrane Methodology Reviews, which provide evidence on various methods for conducting and using health and social care research. The Group's unofficial Impact Factor for 2022 was 9.5, higher than the Impact Factor for all Cochrane Reviews of 8.4

Cochrane methodology reviews are a special type of Cochrane review, examining the evidence on methodological aspects of systematic reviews, randomised trials and other evaluations of health and social care. They are published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in the Cochrane Library, alongside Cochrane reviews of the effects of interventions, diagnostic test accuracy, prognosis and overviews of Cochrane reviews. Cochrane invites prospective authors to propose new Cochrane Reviews by submitting a proposal in Editorial Manager. Please see the Cochrane Library information for authors for further details.

The Methodology Review Group has no dedicated funding. The editorial base for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group is in the Northern Ireland Methodology Hub in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. If you would like to find out more about the Group, please contact the Co-ordinating Editor, Mike Clarke (m.clarke@qub.ac.uk).

Research resilience and growth: The Cochrane Methodology Review Group has several reviews that might be relevant to making health and social care research become more resilient and grow. These include our reviews on the effects of strategies to improve recruitment and retention in randomised trials.

Some of our most relevant reviews are listed below and you can jump to them by clicking on the title:

Strategies to improve recruitment to randomised trials

Strategies designed to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants to research studies

Factors that impact on recruitment to randomised trials in health care: a qualitative evidence synthesis Podcast available here

Strategies to improve retention in randomised trials Podcast available here

Information from these reviews is used in Trial Forge Evidence Packs to help those designing and conducting trials. These provide up-to-date summaries of evidence for trial process interventions and are available free here.