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Systematic reviews and meta-analyses course

5-12 June 2019 CISMAC will be offering a course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses in Bergen.

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The aim of this course is to introduce systematic review methodology and critical appraisal skills to enable participants to write and implement systematic reviews.

The course will be held 5 - 12 June 2019 in Bergen. It comprises a 3-day in-class session (5-7 June) followed by 3 days during which the participants work on a protocol for a systematic review (8-10 June). Then the participants convene again for a final 2-day session (11-12 June).

The course is mainly lectures with interactive work in small groups to practice skills, all of which are directly related to the participants’ own research question. All course activities are mandatory and participants will give a presentation at the end of the last teaching block. Participants can opt to take an exam, which is to submit a protocol for a systematic review by 30 June 2019.

The course is in collaboration with the Norwegian Research School of Global Health and the Cochrane EPOC group at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Please enter your details to register for the course using the link on the right hand side of this page. The maximum number of participants is 25. If the course is overbooked, priority will be given to applicants who are affiliated with CISMAC and/or are a member of the NRSGH.

The registration deadline is 1 May 2019.

 

 

Required previous knowledge:

The course is in English and participants are required to read and write English. In addition, the participants must have knowledge of research methods at a Masters level.

 

Academic content:

The role of systematic reviews, their impact and introduction to different types of systematic reviews:

  • Developing a protocol for a systematic review
  • Literature searching
  • Critical appraisal of primary studies and systematic reviews
  • Data extraction
  • Synthesis and meta-analysis

 

Learning outcome:

By the end of the course, the participants will have written a protocol to be published in PROSPERO. In addition will the participants have the following learning outcomes

Knowledge

The student

  • Understands the role of a systematic review
  • Understands the difference between a narrative and a systematic review
  • Has knowledge of the basic elements for a protocol for a systematic review
  • Understands ”summary of findings” tables

Skills

The student is able to:

  • Critically appraise different search strategies
  • Develop and make a plan to find a relevant research for the own systematic review
  • Develop and plan inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Develop and critically appraise a sheet for data extraction
  • Appraise risk of bias of included studies with explicit criteria in a transparent way
  • Be able to do and understand meta-analyse in the Review Manager software
  • Evaluate pros and cons of combining outcomes of included studies
  • Explore and appraise statistical, methodological and clinical heterogeneity

General competence

The student is able to appraise the certainty of the evidence using the GRADE approach

 

Compulsory assignments and attendance:

All course activities are mandatory and participants will give a presentation at the end of the last teaching block. Participants can opt to take an additional exam, which is to submit a protocol for a systematic review by 30 June 2019.

 

Course material:

Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an Intervention Review, all modules except the one on economic evaluation https://training.cochrane.org/de/interactivelearning

Egger M, Davey Smith G, Altman D (eds). Systematic Reviews in Health Care. BMJ 2001. (Kap 1, 5,9, 15)

Cochrane Handbook for systematic reviews of interventions (Kap. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12, 20)

Nettkurs om kunnskapsbasert praksis: www.kunnskapsbasertpraksis.no

Guyatt GH, Oxman AD, Kunz R, Vist GE, Falck-Ytter Y, Schünemann HJ: GRADE Working Group. Rating quality of evidence and strength of recommendations: What is "quality of evidence" and why is it important to clinicians? BMJ. 2008 May 3;336(7651):995-8 For downloading of  GRADEpro and more information about GRADE: www.gradeworkinggroup.org

Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group guidance series on qualitative evidence synthesis: Noyes J, Booth A, Cargo M, Flemming K, Garside R, Hannes K, Harden A, Harris J, Lewin S, Pantoja T, Thomas J. Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group guidance series—paper 1: introduction. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 2018;97:35-8.