Cochrane and related training for May and June 2013

Training room

Training room, c. Ben Pike

The following workshops on systematic review methodology are available in May and June 2013. Follow the links for more information and for details on how to register.

Cochrane Standard Author Training
When: 1-3 May
Where: St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

A three day  workshop to learn the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane Review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions and a hands-on session with Review Manager software.

Evidence Based Practice
When: 2 May
Where:
Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Participants will work in small groups with professionals in their field, you can expect to further develop your critical evaluation skills with complex journal articles, learn quick and easy ways to find good quality evidence to support clinical skills, and how to maximize effectiveness with clients through improve personal practice standards.
After the workshop, participants should be able to:
1. capture and formulate answerable clinical questions
2. search effectively for primary evidence, guidelines and other resources
3. critically appraise evidence

Protocol Development for Clinical Trials
When: 6-8 May
Where: Gold Coast, Australia

A three-day intensive training program focused on the essentials of clinical trials design. Participants will need to submit a clinical trial outline prior to registration, which will be reviewed by the facilitators. In the workshop this outline will be developed into a full protocol. The workshop can include protocol development for any area related to health and medicine, for example, general practice, medical specialties, allied health, exercise science, psychology, nutrition, medical education.

Review completion workshop
When: 13-17 May
Where: Australasian Cochrane Centre, Melbourne, Australia

This workshop provides review authors with dedicated time and support to complete or update their Cochrane systematic review. Authors spend a week at the Australasian Cochrane Centre working on their review, with expert trainers on hand to provide advice and support. In addition to dedicated working time, the workshop is tailored to individual author’s learning needs, and may provide teaching and discussion on assessing the eligibility of studies, data collection, assessing risk of bias, using the Review Manager software, statistical analysis, interpreting results and drafting the final review.

Webinar: Cochrane 101: an introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration (conducted in French)
When: 15 May, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

Who was Cochrane? What is the Collaboration? And what are systematic reviews? Come learn about an international network that helps healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates, and care-givers make well-informed decisions about health and health care. Hear how nearly 30,000 contributors work together to prepare, update, and disseminate Cochrane Reviews – and learn how you can join us!

Conducting Systematic Reviews of Complex Interventions
When: 22 May (full day)
Where: Oxford, UK

This workshop is aimed at Cochrane Review Authors from any Cochrane Review Group 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.

Webinar: Cochrane 101: an introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration
When: 6 June, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

Who was Cochrane? What is the Collaboration? And what are systematic reviews? Come learn about an international network that helps healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates, and care-givers make well-informed decisions about health and health care. Hear how nearly 30,000 contributors work together to prepare, update, and disseminate Cochrane Reviews – and learn how you can join us!

Webinar: the steps of a Cochrane Review: an overview
When: 13 June
Where: Online

What makes Cochrane Reviews different from other systematic reviews? Who – and what – is involved in the process? We will introduce you to the steps of a Cochrane Review and give you some practical tips for getting a review underway.

Methodological developments in advanced bibliographic searching and assessing research impact
When: 16 June
Where:
Coex Convention Center, Seoul, South Korea

The Information Resources Group (IRG) workshop provides an opportunity for information specialists and others interested in information retrieval to come together to network and discuss important issues in HTA information management and systematic review work.

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health
When: 19-21 June
Where:
UCL Institute of Child Health, University of London, United Kingdom

A 3-day course for health professionals who want to enhance their clinical or research skills, learn more about how to use the best available evidence in their everyday practice and examine evidence underpinning guidelines.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane systematic review
When: 19-21 June
Where: Gold Coast, Australia

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. Day 1 will cover scoping your review, the process of writing a protocol and searching the literature for included studies; Day 2 will cover assessing the risk of bias (critical appraisal) of your included studies, and begin an introduction to meta-analysis, common data types encountered in systematic reviews, and using the Review Manager software package; Day 3 will look at analysis of more complex study designs and data types, exploring and interpreting your results.

Webinar: Let’s start at the very beginning: getting the question right for your Cochrane Review
When: 20 June, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

A strong, clear question gives your Cochrane Review the foundation it needs: it informs your search strategy, narrows your focus, and provides the framework for your team’s work. Join us to learn what sort of questions are answered in Cochrane Reviews. We’ll cover the key components of a good research question and we’ll work through sample questions: you’re invited to share your research topic as an example!

Prognosis Research Course
When: 26-28 June
Where:
Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

This 3-day summer school is designed to introduce the key components of prognosis research to health professionals and researchers, including: a framework of
different prognosis research questions (overall prognosis, prognostic factors, prognostic models, and stratified medicine); key principles of study design and methods; interpretation of statistical results about prognosis; the limitations of current prognosis research, and how the field can be improved. The course consists of a mixture of seminars and guest lectures from international experts in the field