Maximizing collaboration between university students and the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network (in Spanish)

Workshop category: 

  • Education and training
Date and Location


Tuesday 22 October 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


López-Alcalde J1, Muriel A2, Stallings E3, Zamora J4, Fernandez-Felix BM5
1 Cochrane Associate Centre of Madrid, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria-Madrid, Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain
2 Unidad de Bioestadística Clínica, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, IRYCIS, CIBERESP, Departamento de Enfermería, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
3 Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain
4 Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), CIBERESP, Madrid, Spain
5 Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), CIBERESP. Madrid, Spain


Monge D1, Varillas D1, Antón C1
1 Universidad Francisco de Vitoria-Madrid, Spain
Target audience

Target audience: 

Cochrane trainers, coordinators of degrees, masters, and doctoral studies. Anyone interested in teaching research methodology

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Background: conducting Cochrane Reviews can be challenging. These reviews are often carried out by healthcare professionals and researchers due to their complexity and associated workload. University students must complete a research project to obtain an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Thus, there is a vast potential for collaboration between students and Cochrane. The Iberoamerican Cochrane Network (IbCN) is present in the vast majority of countries in Iberoamerica. Most of its institutions are universities and hospitals, so one potential partnership may be the realization of end-of degree research projects and master dissertations based on Cochrane Reviews.

Objectives: 1) to explore how to incorporate Cochrane activities into the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula; 2) to share the experiences of the Cochrane Associate Centre of Madrid in promoting the participation of university students in Cochrane reviews; and 3) to promote networking among Cochrane trainers in Iberoamerica.

Description: the workshop is directed at Cochrane trainers, coordinators and teachers of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. The session will highlight new opportunities to link the tasks of a Cochrane Review with the research project required to obtain a degree or a master. It includes planned activities implemented with Kahoot, so participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or mobile to contribute during the session.

The workshop will include three short presentations and one interactive session.
- The first presentation will show the experience of Cochrane Madrid in integrating Cochrane methods into the medical degree curriculum at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid). A subject was designed to guide medical students to update a Cochrane Review over three years (200 h).
- The second presentation will describe a similar experience delivered in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid); in this case, the aim is to update a Cochrane Review, but in the space of four months.
- The third presentation will describe how to develop a full Cochrane Review during a two-year Master degree on Research Methodology (Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal; Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid).
- The last section will be interactive. Participants will conduct a SWOT analysis to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to these proposals. They will be also encouraged to join a group to promote Cochrane activities in the under- and postgraduate curricula.