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. An important skill for health care professionals is to understand what systematic reviews are, and how to implement them in practice.
Students clearly feel 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, the course is fully booked with 25 students from 10 different countries.
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.”
Read more about the course on CISMAC’s website.