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Systematic reviews and meta-analyses course

CISMAC, one of UiB’s SFFs, is committed to training the next generation of research leaders involved in improving mother- and child-care in low- and middle-income countries. June 2019, the CIH-CISMAC Research School hosted a course in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as it is important that health care professionals understand what systematic reviews are, and know something about how to implement them in practice.

CISMAC Systematic reviews and meta-analyses course
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Elinor Bartle

The course was fully booked

Students clearly felt that there is a need for this course. Offered in collaboration with the Norwegian Research School of Global Health and the Cochrane EPOC group at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, there were 25 students from 10 different countries.

group photo CISMAC Systematic reviews and meta-analyses course
Photo:
Elinor Bartle

What is a systematic review?

According to their website, the Cochrane network of institutions to promote evidence-based health care and public health,

“A systematic review summarises the results of available carefully designed healthcare studies (controlled trials) and provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Judgments may be made about the evidence and inform recommendations for healthcare.”

As mentioned above, one of the partners offering this course is the Cochrane EPOC group at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, which is the Norwegian satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC). On their website they state that:

“The scope of the Cochrane EPOC group is to undertake systematic reviews of interventions designed to improve health professional practice and the organisation of health care services.”

The CIH-CISMAC Research School hopes to offer the course again. More information to come. Read more about the course on CISMAC’s website.