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Systematic review and meta-analysis: Introduction to Cochrane methodology

Course organizer 
Matteo Bruschettini matteo.bruschettini@med.lu.se, Stefan Hansson stefan.hansson@med.lu.se

Examiner
Stefan Hansson stefan.hansson@med.lu.se

Target group 
PhD students and researchers at the Faculty of Medicine.

Free participation for PhD students from European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
For info regarding external participation, and for info regarding the fee for external participants, please visit https://sweden.cochrane.org/courses-workshops 

Time

Spring 2021
Week 18, 3-7 May, 8:00-16:30 (you can no longer apply for this course)

Autumn 2021:
Week 46, 15-19 November, 8:00-16:30 

Location
The course will during 2021 be given as an online course via Zoom.

Length of course 
The course equals one full week 

Credits
1,5 credits

Number of participants
max 20 per edition

Course content

  • Introduction to understanding and conducting a systematic reviews of interventions
  • Writing a review protocol
  • Searching for studies
  • Selecting studies and collecting data
  • Introduction to study quality and risk of bias
  • Analysing the data and meta-analysis
  • Interpreting the findings and GRADE
  • Reporting the results of a review
  • Introduction to health economics

Teaching forms 
 Lectures, "Cochrane Interactive Learning" platform, discussions and teamwork. 

Examination 
 Attendance, active participation in discussions, finished "Cochrane Interactive Learning" online modules 1-9.

Course Literature and Resources
 Cochrane Interactive Learning: https://training.cochrane.org/interactivelearning

Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. 2nd Edition. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, 2019.

Also available as a free e-book: https://training.cochrane.org/handbook/current

Cochrane Sweden Online-Resources: https://sweden.cochrane.org/resources 

Description

The course is aimed at PhD students and researchers who wants to increase their knowledge about how to conduct a systematic review or evidence synthesis. The course is also relevant for people who will use systematic reviews, evidence synthesis or results from randomized trials to inform decisions in healthcare.

The course aims to increase the knowledge about systematic reviews with a focus on interventions and the process from the initial idea and research question to best practice reporting of results in reviews and how reviews can be used within healthcare.

The course will include lecturers and facilitators from several Cochrane Centers in Europe, each within their expert area. Discussions and working in groups will be mixed with lectures and individual work within the Cochrane Interactive Learning-modules. There will be time to ask individual questions to our lecturers and facilitators about your own potential reviews or other evidence-related questions during the week.

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Application for this course autumn 2021 is now open.

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