Cochrane training for September and October 2013


c. George Serdechny

The following Cochrane and related training events are available in September and October 2013. Follow the links to find out more!

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
When: 2-6 September
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A systematic review workshop for people who have registered a title with the Cochrane Collaboration. The five day programme includes an introduction to evidence informed healthcare, an introduction to RevMan and GradePro. Searching for and selecting trials, data extraction and meta analysis are among the topics explored.

Cochrane UK Social Media Roadshow
When: 5 September
Where: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

An intermediate training session on social media is being held at the UK Cochrane Centre. Topics covered include how to Tweet about Cochrane evidence, engaging at events through social media, how to create an e-newsletter and a Social Media Surgery.

EQUATOR Annual Lecture and workshop on research reporting
When: 7 September and 9 September
Where: Swissotel, Chicago, USA

This year’s EQUATOR workshop is presented during the Peer Review Congress. The subject is “Reporting guidelines: a tool to increase the quality of health research published in your journal”. It is aimed at editors and peer reviewers of medical research journals. Professor Kay Dickersin will present the 5th EQUATOR Annual Lecture on 9 September. Both events are free and independent from the Peer Review Congress. Anyone may attend but registration is required for the workshop.

Teaching evidence based practice
When: 9-13 September
Where: Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford

This workshop is part of the University of Oxford’s MSc in Evidence Based Health Care but can be taken as a stand-alone short course. The course aims to enhance knowledge to the five steps of evidence based practice. Topics covered include critical appraisal, finding the evidence and auditing evidence based decisions.

Identifying the evidence for systematic reviews: an introduction for information professionals
When: 10 September
Where: York, UK

This workshop looks at improving understanding of systematic review methods. Learn about planning a search strategy, undertaking faceted searches on Ovid, locating and using methodological search filters and documenting the search process.

Evidence-based clinical practice workshop
When: 29 September – 2 October
Where: Lago di Garda, Italy

The aim of this basic, residential course is to learn the appraisal of the architecture of diagnostic research and to be able to link the theory with clinical reasoning and medical decision making. Participants should be able to recognize the different phases of diagnostic study architecture, the appropriate methodology, and the corresponding research questions they are aimed to answer.

Systematic reviews in medicine
When: 10-12 October
Where: Freiberg, Germany

This course is an introduction for users of systematic reviews, as well as for participants who are considering writing a review themselves and want to get more information about the whole process. Participants gain insight into the background of systematic reviews and their role in evidence-based medicine. In addition, they learn to evaluate studies and reviews critically in guided group work.

Understanding, using and GRAD(E)ing the evidence from diagnostic interventions
When: 14-15 October
Where: Freiburg, Germany

The first day of this two day course will introduce diagnostic studies and systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. The second day will look at the GRADE framework of grading the quality of evidence and developing recommendations. On the basis of an exemplary diagnostic review, participants will create a diagnostic evidence profile, and develop an evidence-based recommendation. In German with some talks in English.

Cochrane Standard Author Training Course
When: 18-20 October
Where: London, Ontario, Canada

Take this 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 the Review Manager software.

Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, HTA, and Guideline Development
When: 22 October
Where: York, UK

This 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.

Trials Registers, Trials Results Registers and Other Research Registers: Challenges and Opportunities
When: 23 October
Where: York, UK

Trials registers, results registers and other research registers are developing quickly and provide challenges in terms of identification, efficient searching and record management. This one day training course will highlight the background to the development of trial registers and trials results registers, will discuss the types of registers and the relative coverageof and ICTRP, and will offer practical advice on searching registers and managing register records.

Webinar: Managing references for your review using EndNote
When: 23 October
Where: Online

The Cochrane Live webinar series is an opportunity for authors in Australia and the South East Asian region to participate in online, interactive training sessions from the comfort of your own desk. This webinar looks at using EndNote to manage systematic review references.