Please note that although this course is taught by experts within the medical field, the same methodology applies to, and is used by systematic reviewers in all fields of research.
Who should attend: all people wishing to undertake reviews of randomised studies.
This course will appeal to all those interested in completing a Cochrane-style review. Experienced tutors and facilitators will be available to give you practical and individual advice. After attending the course, participants should be able to understand search strategies, extract data, manage the results of systematic searches, understand the syntheses of the data, apply the methods and conduct reviews independently. As this is an introductory course, no previous knowledge of systematic review is required.
Brief course content:
Day 1: Introduction to EBM and role of Systematic Review-overview, Critical appraisal-practical, Defining a clinical question, Developing a protocol, Group discussions/PICO.
Day 2: Searching and locating trials, Reference manager software practical, Selecting trials and references, Introduction to RevMan 5 and references, Using RevMan 5.
Day 3: Assessing study quality, Assessing risk of bias-practical, Assessing risk of bias in RevMan, Types of data and data-extraction-interactive, Data extraction practical.
Day4: Principles of meta-analysis and heterogeneity-interactive, Meta-analysis, sub-groups, sensitivity, Units of analysis, Setting up comparisons, Entering data, RevMan-practical, Interpreting results and clarifications.
The course utilises a combination of lectures, small group discussions, workshops, library-based interactive tutorials, with hands on practical work at computer stations using RevMan and Endnote software. Review Manager (RevMan) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews. Attendees use their own laptop.