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Box 19.6.a: The Cochrane Prospective Meta-analysis Methods Group

The role of the Prospective Meta-analysis Methods Group (PMA MG) is:

  •  to provide a mechanism to enable the registration of prospective meta-analyses:

  • Cochrane (via Cochrane Review Groups); and

  • non-Cochrane (via PMA MG);

  • to provide a mechanism for evaluating protocols submitted for registration to ensure they are indeed prospective meta-analyses. This may be achieved by:

  • providing training for members of Cochrane Review Groups (e.g. editors and peer-reviewers);

  • members of the PMA MG peer reviewing protocols; and

  • a checklist for investigators performing or peer-reviewing a PMA;

  • to develop appropriate methodological standards for prospective meta-analyses; and

  • to provide advice and support to those embarking on (or contemplating) prospective meta-analyses.


Membership of the group is open to anyone who is conducting, has conducted, or is interested in conducting a prospective meta-analysis, regardless of the area of health care investigated. To join, individuals are asked to detail their level of commitment on a Prospective Meta-analysis Methods Group Questionnaire (available on the PMA web site, below). Members will be asked to update this information annually.


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