Health equity in systematic reviews

Systematic reviews are an important source of evidence for those making healthcare decisions and designing healthcare policy. Often, systematic reviews do not consider the effect of the intervention on health equity.  This session discusses the global social and health inequities as a result of COVID-19 and COVID-19 policies and assess metrics for assessing health and social inequities, both between countries and within countries, across different social determinants of health.

This session also considers pragmatic methods for assessing effects on equity in Campbell and Cochrane Reviews. This will build on the Cochrane Handbook chapter on equity and specific populations and illustrates a framework for assessing unintended inequity consequences and possible mitigating interventions.

This session was recorded during the 'Virtually Cochrane' conference, hosted by Cochrane UK and Cochrane Ireland, 20-22nd April 2021.


Vivian Welch

Editor-in-Chief, Campbell



Zulfiqar Bhutta

Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University



Elie Akl

Professor of Medicine at the American University of Beirut 

Read Elie's biography here