User involvement in a Cochrane systematic review: using structured methods to enhance the clinical relevance, usefulness and usability of a systematic review update

Alex Pollock, Pauline Campbell, Gillian Baer, Pei Ling Choo, Jacqui Morris, Anne Forster

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This paper describes the structured methods used to involve patients, carers and health professionals in an update of a Cochrane systematic review relating to physiotherapy after stroke and explores the perceived impact of involvement. We sought funding and ethical approval for our user involvement. We recruited a stakeholder group comprising stroke survivors, carers, physiotherapists and educators and held three pre-planned meetings during the course of updating a Cochrane systematic review. Within these meetings, we used formal group consensus methods, based on nominal group techniques, to reach consensus decisions on key issues relating to the structure and methods of the review.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSystematic Reviews
Issue number55
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2015



  • systematic review
  • ethical approval
  • structured methods

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