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Table 2 Extract of results from survey of Cochrane authors and Review Group staff: questions about training in risk of bias

From: Evaluation of the Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing the risk of bias in randomized trials: focus groups, online survey, proposed recommendations and their implementation

Survey questions Authors (%) Editorial staff (%) (n = 58)
  Users of RoB tool (n = 190) Non-users (n = 132)  
Training in RoB assessment (Q25, Q2, Q24)a    
     Attended workshop at Cochrane Colloquium 74 (39) 14 (11) 29 (50)
     Attended standard Cochrane author training 44 (23) 15 (11) 6 (10)
     Read relevant material in own time 124 (65) 34 (26) 37 (64)
     No specific training 29 (15) 84 (64) 9 (16)
Read guidance in Cochrane Handbook related to RoB tool (Q26, Q3, Q25) 178 (94) 44 (34) 55 (95)
     Read Chapter 8 of the Cochrane Handbook (Q26a, Q3a, Q25a)a 144 27 44
     Read Cochrane Handbook (Part 2) from start to finish 30 14 16
     Used Cochrane Handbook to look up specific issues 147 27 47
Level of detail provided in the Cochrane Handbook is appropriate (Q26b, Q3b, Q25b) 133 39 42
Provision of additional examples would be beneficial (Q26c, Q3c, Q25c) 142 39 48
Received guidance from CRG related to RoB tool (Q27, Q4) 80 (42) 20 (16) Not applicable
CRG provides guidance related to RoB tool to their authors (Q26) Not applicable Not applicable 44 (80)
     Advice to read Chapter 8 of Cochrane Handbook a 43 8 41
     Specific written advice developed by the CRGa 31 1 18
     Specific verbal advice given by the CRGa 33 6 13
Advice provided by CRG rated good, very good or excellent (Q27b, Q4b) 67 19 Not asked
Availability of written guidance is sufficient (Q28, Q5, Q27) 139 (75) 75 (65) 36 (63)
Availability of training events is sufficient (Q29, Q6, Q28) 117 (68) 55 (50) 28 (50)
Format of training most likely to access (Q30, Q7)    Not asked
     Training that is part of standard author training 32 (17) 18 (14)
     Online training, including webinars 102 (55) 74 (59)
     In-person workshops 51 (27) 28 (22)
Level of training most likely to access (Q31, Q8)    Not asked
     Beginning 22 (12) 60 (48)
     Intermediate 78 (41) 45 (36)
     Advanced 89 (47) 19 (15)  
  1. Only the most frequent responses shown in the table, and some response options have been grouped to fewer categories. Not all respondents answered each question. Question numbers refer to the survey questions in Additional file1: Appendices 1, 2 and 3, respectively. For full details of questions and responses, see Additional file1: Appendices 1 to 4. a Respondents were allowed to select multiple answers for this question. CRG, Cochrane Review Group; RoB, risk of bias.