Cochrane and related training for November and December 2012

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The following training courses are available in November and December 2012. Follow the links for more information:

Developing a protocol for Cochrane Review/Using RevMan
Where: National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan
When: 1-2 November, 2012

Hosted by the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Satellite Group, this two day course covers how to complete a Cochrane protocol using RevMan, the Cochrane Handbook, and the Cochrane Style Guide. The workshop is open to people in Japan who have successfully registered a title with the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.

Cochrane Standard Author Training
Where: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
When: 1-3 November, 2012

A three day course for those interested in completing a Cochrane review or who have already registered a Cochrane title. Session topics include formulating a review question, searching for studies, assessing risk of bias, statistical analysis and using RevMan.

Managing references in Cochrane reviews
Where: Online (webinar)
When: 8 November, 2012

A webinar which will take users through importing references from different software packages (such as EndNote or Reference Manager) into RevMan, managing the reference section of reviews, and reporting search results in a PRISMA flowchart.

Completing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
When: 12-16 November, 2012

A course designed for authors of Cochrane protocols that have been accepted for publication by a Cochrane Review Group. It will provide protected time to complete the review, and people will be on hand to help.

Review completion workshop
Where: Australian Cochrane Centre, Melbourne, Australia
When: 12-16 November, 2012

Authors will visit the Australian Cochrane Centre for a week to work on their review, with expert help on hand to provide advice and support. There will be dedicated working time available, and the workshop will be tailored to authors’ needs, and may provide teaching and discussion on assessment of eligibility of studies, data collection, assessing the risk of bias, using the RevMan software, statistical analysis, interpreting results and drafting the final review. Attendees must have a published protocol on the Cochrane Library, and a completed literature review.

GRADE: from medical studies to guidelines
Where: Danube University, Krems, Austria
When: 13-14 November, 2012

This workshop will teach participants the core principles of quality assessment of medical studies and evidence of the impact of quality on the strength of recommendation. Participants will be introducted to GRADE profiler, a tool for assessment of quality.

Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews
Where: University of York, York, UK
When: 20 November, 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 searching for systemtic reviews, HTAs and guideline development. 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.

Risk of bias assessment of RCTs in Cochrane reviews
Where: Online (webinar)
When: 20 November, 2012

This one-hour session will give a concise overview of how to conduct risk of bias assessments in Cochrane Reviews. The session will introduce the concept of bias in included studies, how to assess studies for bias, how to complete assessments in Review Manager, how to generate risk of bias plots and how to consider incorporating risk of bias assessments into the results and discussion sections of your review.

Grading evidence and recommendations
Where: Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Utrect, The Netherlands
When: 22 November, 2012

After an introduction on the theory of GRADE, the workshop will be ‘hands-on’ with ample time to practice with the method. We will conclude the day with a brief overview of new developments in GRADE. Suitable for authors of clinical guidelines or systematic reviews.

Systematic Reviews Part I: writing the protocol
Where: Leuven, Belgium
When: 29 November, 2012

This course is organized for health care professionals or researchers who are intending (or have just started) to write a Cochrane systematic review. It is also suitable for those who are interested in learning more about the methodology of a Cochrane Review. It will provide an introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration, an introduction to systematic reviews, how to write the protocol and how to search for studies.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane Review
Where: Childrens Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia
When: 5 December, 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. To register for this workshop, authors should have identified the topic for their review and registered the title (or be in the process of registering) with a Cochrane Review Group.

Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy for review authors
Where: Academic Medical Center
When: 10-11 December, 2012

This two-day workshop is targeted at review authors who are planning to do a Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review. The objective of the workshop is to inform participants about the methodology particular to SRDTAs and to train them to prepare and conduct an SRDTA.

Reporting guidelines for equity-focused systematic reviews
Where: Online (webinar)
When: 11 December, 2012

Join presenters from the Equity Methods Group – Peter Tugwell, Vivian Welch, and Jennifer O’Neill – to learn about new reporting guidelines for systematic reviews with an equity focus: those with interventions that target disadvantaged populations, are aimed at reducing social gradients across populations, or are likely to have important effects on equity. You’ll learn about using the equity-extension checklist for your systematic review and you’ll be asked to provide ideas and feedback regarding dissemination and KT strategies

Risk of bias assessments: putting them into practice
Where: Online (webinar)
When: 13 December, 2012

‘Risk of bias’ assessments are the method used in Cochrane reviews to critically appraise the quality of included studies, looking at issues such as randomisation, allocation concealment, blinding, missing data, selective reporting and more. This webinar will give you an introduction to assessing studies using the Cochrane criteria, and then how to integrate your assessments and use them to interpret the results of your review.