NIHR Complex Reviews Unit to provide support for Cochrane COVID-19 work

The NIHR Complex Reviews Unit (CRSU) has offered to provide advice and analytical support for COVID-19 related evidence synthesis, in whatever way Cochrane authors consider appropriate, including support for Rapid Reviews and Living Systematic Reviews.

Expertise within the CRSU include:

  • Diagnostic test accuracy reviews
  • Network meta-analysis
  • Individual participant data/clinical study report meta-analysis
  • Economic evaluation
  • Realist synthesis
  • Narrative Synthesis
  • Use of routine data
  • Non-randomised studies
  • Prognostic reviews
  • Prevalence reviews
  • Causal pathway analysis

The service is free to use and open to everyone working on COVID-19 related work, regardless of where they are located.

Please contact the CRSU Project Manager Moira Sim ( or Director, Olivia Wu ( They will respond to your email within 2 working days and can set up support arrangements within one week.

Please note, the CRSU is available and has capacity to support new and ongoing work until 30th November 2021.

Updated 2 December 2020.