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12.7.1  Conclusions sections of a Cochrane review

Authors’ conclusions from a Cochrane review are divided into implications for practice and implications for research. In deciding what these implications are, it is useful to consider four factors: the quality of evidence, the balance of benefits and harms, values and preferences and resource utilization (Eddy 1990). Considering these factors involves judgements and effort that go beyond the work of most review authors.