ScHARR Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis Short Course
The aim of this three day course is to provide participants with an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews in health care. Sessions will be delivered by ScHARR staff experienced in systematic review methods and health technology assessment. The course will be interactive and practical, with delivery of sessions based on lectures and individual and small group practical exercises.
Who will benefit from this course?
The course is suitable for researchers who require an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews in health care, and professionals who need to develop the ability to interpret and asses the quality of systematic reviews.
The course is also suitable for:
•Clinicians wanting to undertake their own systematic review
•PhD Students with a significant review component to their thesis •Members of academic systematic review teams
•Pharmaceutical companies and consultancies requiring an understanding of review methods
No previous knowledge of systematic reviews or meta-analysis is assumed.
By the end of this course participants should be able to:
•Identify the key stages of the systematic review process
•Define a review question and understand how to develop a review protocol
•Describe methods for identifying sources of evidence for systematic reviews
•Develop a search strategy to identify relevant studies for a specific review question and understand how to conduct a literature search
•Apply inclusion criteria to identify relevant studies •Undertake critical appraisal of evidence using standardised quality checklists
•Develop a data extraction form and extract relevant outcomes from reported studies
•Select appropriate methods of evidence synthesis and be able to describe and summarise key results
•Be familiar with statistical methods for analysis of quantitative data
•Explore the use of meta-analysis in data synthesis using computer software
•Understand potential sources of heterogeneity between included studies
•Be familiar with good practice in reporting of systematic reviews
•Critically appraise a systematic review