Cochrane and related training for November and December

The following training events are available for November/December:
25 November 2011, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford
This one-day workshop is aimed at Cochrane Review Authors based in the UK but from any CRG who are undertaking reviews of complex interventions using experimental treatments and quasi experimental designs including cluster randomised, controlled before and after studies and interrupted time series.
28-29 November 2011, Danube University, Krems, Austria
This workshop aims to provide sound theoretical and methodological background that is necessary for the critical evaluation of studies, with an opportunity to gain practical experience. The workshop will be held in German and English. It is geared towards people who want to gain the ability to read published medical studies and be able to assess their validity and credibility (e.g. decision-makers in health care, readers of medical literature, and others).
29 November 2011 (10am-4:30pm), Penang Medical College, PenangThis one day workshop is suitable for people working in health care. It is an opportunity to answer all your questions about systematic reviews and meta-analysis and how to interpret Cochrane Systematic Reviews and use them to make health care decisions. 

Cochrane systematic review protocol development workshop – Penang, Malaysia
30 November – 1 December 2011 (8:30am to 5:00pm), Penang Medical College, Penang

Want to author a systematic review? Or would you like to find out what it involves? These two days will equip you with the basics on how to do this type of research. It is best suited for those who wish to do a Cochrane review. There will be a mixture of interactive sessions and small group activities. You will also be assisted in registering a title should you wish to go on and do a Cochrane systematic review.

1-2 December 2011, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

This two-day workshop is designed for new authors starting a Cochrane systematic review. A mixture of presentations and hands-on sessions will give you an overview of all the methods required to write your protocol and get started on the review.

2 December 2011, Penang Medical College, Penang

Gradepro or Gradeprofiler is software used for grading evidence. It was designed for use in Clinical Practice Guidelines but is now used in Cochrane Reviews to grade evidence and produce Summary of Findings tables. This is a relatively new feature of Cochrane Reviews. You will be guided hands on through the process of creating a summary of findings table. This workshop is free for Cochrane authors with a protocol or review published on the Cochrane library. You can choose to attend only this workshop if you have had previous training.

6 December 2011,  University of York, York, UK

Literature searches are the foundation for high quality health technology assessment (HTA), systematic reviews, guideline development and other evidence syntheses. Developing search strategies to retrieve research evidence from databases requires knowledge of database features and skills in turning the concepts embodied in a research question into a search strategy. Search strategies have to take account of often competing requirements and the trade-offs which have informed their development may not always be easy to appreciate. Commissioning and reviewing searches (often as the foundation for later projects) can be enhanced by an appreciation of how to structure searches and an understanding of the basics of search strategy development. This new training course provides an introduction to search strategy development for project managers, research commissioners and searchers new to evidence synthesis, who are seeking a better understanding of how searches are constructed and adapted to meet project needs.

7 December 2011, Online, 11am EST

The Canadian Cochrane Centre will be hosting this FREE webinar session at 1100 EST. Learn from Dr. Mariska Leeflang, Co-Convenor, Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group and Member, Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group about what diagnostic test accuracy reviews are and what they can be used for.

14 December 2011, University of York, York, UK

Extensive literature searches are the foundation of high quality systematic reviews, health technology assessment (HTA) and guideline development. Developing search strategies to retrieve research evidence from databases and other resources requires a range of knowledge and skills. There are constant challenges to keeping up-to-date with new database features and approaches to achieving efficient searches. Search approaches may need to be adapted depending on the end-product which the search is informing and the resources available. Search approaches increasingly need to be explained to sponsors in terms of the extent to which they are fit-for-purpose. This new workshop will provide opportunities to learn new techniques, to discuss best approaches, to share insights and to assess variations in current best practice. The workshop will be facilitated by information specialists experienced in literature searching to inform systematic reviews and HTAs and in conducting research into the evidence base for information retrieval. Participants are encouraged to suggest topics / issues in advance for discussion during the workshop.


Online Training

We’re also taking this opportunity to remind authors and contributors that there are now a number of online training courses. Visit Cochrane Training for information!