Welcome to the Cochrane Prospective Meta-Analysis (PMA) Methods Group

Keywords: Meta-analysis, prospective meta-analysis, individual participant data, pooling, data pooling, collaborative overview

The group is open to anyone who is conducting, has conducted, or is interested in conducting a prospective meta-analysis (PMA), regardless of the area of health care investigated. To join, please complete a Prospective Meta-Analysis Methods Group membership form.

The group aims to:

  1. Provide a mechanism to enable the registration of prospective meta-analyses for: a. Cochrane (via Collaborative Review Groups); and b. Non-Cochrane (via PMA Methods Group).
  2. Provide a mechanism for evaluating protocols submitted for registration to ensure they are indeed PMA. This may be achieved by: a. Providing training for members of Collaborative Review Groups (e.g. editors and peer-reviewers); b. Members of the PMA Methods Group peer reviewing protocols.
  3. Develop appropriate methodological standards for PMA and undertake methodological research relating to PMA.
  4. Facilitate a forum for discussing aspects of PMA methods.
  5. Provide advice and support to those embarking on (or contemplating) a PMA.
  6. Provide advice and support to the editorial bases of Cochrane Collaborative Review Groups who have been approached by authors interested in conducting a PMA.

For further information please see Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, Chapter 19.