Call for feedback on SynQ: Synthesis Questions reporting checklist and guide

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We are inviting authors and editors of systematic reviews to pilot or provide general feedback on the recently developed SynQ (Synthesis Questions) reporting checklist and guide for defining the synthesis questions to be addressed in systematic reviews of interventions. We would value your contribution to help us ensure that the draft checklist and guide meets the needs of authors and editors. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues who may wish to participate.


About the project

Development of the SynQ checklist and guide was supported by Cochrane and led by researchers at Cochrane Australia and the Methods in Evidence Synthesis Unit at Monash University. It was one of five collaborative projects aimed at delivering practical resources to help authors and editors translate guidance from the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions into practice. The projects focused on supporting production of high-priority public health reviews, however this checklist can be used for any systematic review of the effects of interventions.


If you would like to provide feedback or pilot the SynQ checklist and guide:

  1. Download the checklist and guide (includes more information about the project).
  2. (Optional) Download the instructions for piloting (if you wish to pilot the checklist on a Cochrane or other protocol or review).
  3. Submit your comments using the online feedback form.

You will be asked to confirm your consent before completing the feedback form. We expect that it will take about 50 minutes to provide general feedback (including reading the guide), and up to two hours to pilot the checklist. You can save your responses, then close the browser and return to the survey using the same link. The survey is compatible with mobile devices.

Feedback can be provided up until Tuesday, 31 May 2022.

If you woud like the opportunity to discuss the SynQ checklist and guide with the developers, we will be joining a Cochrane Methods Webinar on Thursday, 14 April 2022.

Where can I get more information?

To discuss the project, please contact Miranda Cumpston (, or see the explanatory statement for information about the project. This feedback survey has ethics approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (32014).

We thank you for your time and expertise.

Sue Brennan and Joanne McKenzie (principle investigators), Miranda Cumpston (investigator; contact for feedback/piloting), and Rebecca Ryan (investigator)

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