Cochrane and related training for June 2012

The following training courses are available for June 2012, follow the links for more information and details of how to register:

GRADE workshop at the South African Cochrane Centre
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: 4-6 June 2012

The workshop is open to Cochrane review authors from the South Africa Cochrane Centre reference countries. Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed a Cochrane Review. The course will facilitate a maximum of 20 participants. The workshop will discuss the rationale for using the GRADE approach for rating the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations, help participants to assess the quality of evidence using the GRADE approach and generate Summary of Findings Tables using GRADEpro software.

Critical Evaluation of Medical Studies
Where: Krems, Austria
When: 5-6 June 2012

The aim of this workshop is twofold, firstly to impart the theoretical and methodological background that is necessary for critical evaluation of studies and secondly to give you practical experience.

Need help/dedicated time to update your Cochrane Review?
Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
When: 18-22 June 2012

The course is aimed at review authors who are currently updating a Cochrane Review. Five days of protected time away from the office to work on your update with the support of Cochrane methodologists and experienced review authors is on offer. Participants will benefit from a combination of independent work time, one-on-one consultations, and presentations. The course is limited to Canadian authors who are updating a Cochrane Review as the lead author or a major contributor.

 Seventh Putting Evidence into Practice Workshop
Where: Edmonton, Canada
When: 20-22 June 2012

Evidence-based practice involves applying evidence to clinical and policy decision making. Critical appraisal provides the tools to assess the quality of evidence in the medical literature and to determine the risks and benefits of different management strategies. Through this trans-disciplinary workshop, participants will work through relevant examples in order to develop skills in searching for and identifying appropriate evidence, critically appraising the evidence, and applying the evidence to their areas of expertise.

Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, Heath Technology Assessment and Guideline Development
Where: York, UK
When: 20 June 2012

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 in literature searching for systematic reviews, HTAs and Guidelines. 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.

Developing a Cochrane Systematic Review
Where : Baltimore, Maryland, USA
When : 20-22 June 2012

This workshop guides participants through the steps of developing a systematic review and includes presentations about Cochrane Collaboration methodology, hands-on practice using the Cochrane Collaboration’s RevMan software, and a statistics review session. It is limited to Cochrane contributors as well as ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision researchers interested in registering a title with the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group.

Getting the Best Out of Search Filters
Where: York, UK
When: 21 June 2012

As the volume of published research grows it is becoming more challenging to identify efficiently studies performed according to specific methods. Many search filters to find specific study designs such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or diagnostic test accuracy studies, or research issues such as adverse events, are being designed and published. Increasingly, these filters are being incorporated into database search interfaces, such as the PubMed Clinical Queries. As the number of filters grows, the challenge of choosing between them is becoming more apparent. Information professionals and others wishing to use search filters need to be aware of issues of filter design, quality and suitability to be able to make informed choices about which filters to select and apply. This training event will explore how to identify, critically appraise and test out search filters, focusing on health and social care.

Workshop on Evidence-Based practice
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 22 June 2012

The workshop is intended to serve as an introduction to evidence-based medicine. It is aimed at clinicians and other health care professionals who wish to gain knowledge of critical appraisal and experience in the practice of evidence-based health care.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: 26-28 June 2012

This three-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.