Search strategies for the identification of studies

Review authors should work closely, from the start of the protocol, with an experienced medical/healthcare librarian or information specialist to develop a search strategy that should aim to include, at a minimum, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and MEDLINE, together with Embase (if access to Embase is available to the review team. 

The review group can be contacted to explore available support.


Further information can be found in the online Cochrane Handbook, especially Chapter 4: Searching for and selecting studies.

Search methods will be Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) C24-C38. These methodological standrads can be found here, along with inks to further information, resources and training.

Information intended for medical/healthcare librarian or information specialists can be found at the Informaion Specialist's Portal.