Cochrane and related training for May and June 2014

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The following training events are available in May and June. Follow the links to find out more!

Understanding Searching Techniques to Inform HTA, Systematic Reviews and Guideline Development
When: 9 May
Where: University of York, UK

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. The trainers are experienced information specialists, trainers and researchers. Their extensive experience lies in conducting literature searches to inform evidence syntheses such a health technology assessments and systematic reviews.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane Review
When: 14-16 May
Where: Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, 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.

Developing a Protocol for a Cochrane Systematic Review
When: 14-16 May
Where: Melaka, Malaysia

This is a 3-day course. It begins with an introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration and a brief overview of the format of a protocol for a review. A mixture of presentations and small group activities gives participants the opportunity to develop and refine their own protocols. This workshop also covers defining review question, locating studies, appraising risk of bias, writing the methods section of a protocol plus getting started on RevMan.

How to Practice Evidence-Based Health Care
When: 19-23 May
Where: Holmsbu, Norway

This five-day workshop (Mon 2 p.m. – Fri 2 p.m.) will focus on teaching the basics of, and developing further insights into, the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients or the delivery of health services.The workshop is an intense, hands-on learning experience. We will use a small-group, problem-based approach to learning.

EnRICH Innovative Trial Design Short Course
When: 21-23 May
Where: Toronto, Canada

This three day intermediate-level course takes an integrative approach to trial design by teaching a conceptual framework that includes outcome selection and measurement, value of information, cost effectiveness, risk of bias, appropriate trials designs, and choice of comparators. Mastery of these concepts enables students to prepare winning grant proposals in the face of uncertainty. Each day will include a mix of plenary sessions, group discussion, breakout sessions, and computer-based tutorials. The course will also feature an interactive half-day session for consultation where attendees can discuss their clinical trial design questions with leading trial methodologists in child health

Economic Evaluations and Economic Evidence in Healthcare: Finding Information to Inform Technology Assessments and Economic Models
When: 21 May
Where: University of York, UK

This study day will include a ‘jargon buster’ session on the basics of health economics and economic models. It will also feature presentations about key economics information resources including NHS EED, Health Economic Evaluations Database (HEED) and the CEA Registry, and explorations of options for searching to identify data for economic models. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

Early modelling: using models to inform drug and device development
When: 22 May
Where: University of York, UK

Economic evaluations are increasingly used as tools to inform decision-makers about the cost-effectiveness of health technologies. Such evaluations are often undertaken during the late stages of the technology development (i.e. around the time of product launch or, in some cases, post-launch). However, there is an increasing need for the manufacturers of the technology to appraise the likely cost-effectiveness of the intervention before making decisions on price and indication, as well as to inform the development of clinical trials. Such evaluations can be performed in the very early stages of a technology’s development, (e.g. phase I or II). Due to the simplified nature of such ‘early analyses’, there is no requirement for Phase III trial data, or subtle interactions between parameters. The purposes of such an analysis are to allow the user to determine the relative importance of different parameter inputs, in order to inform decisions on pricing, target populations and further research. This one-day training session will cover the fundamental aspects of ‘early modelling’ and will allow the participants to understand the concepts and uses of such research.

Review Completion Workshop
When: 26-30 May
Where: Alfred Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Review completion workshops are designed to provide dedicated time and support to review authors who are working to complete or update their Cochrane systematic review. Authors visit the ACC for a week to work on their review, with expert trainers on hand to provide advice and support. In addition to dedication working time, the workshop will be 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.

Systematic Review Workshop “Qualitative Approaches to Evidence Synthesis”
When: 26-27 May
Where: Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The Methodology of Educational Sciences Research Group and the Belgian Campbell Group collaborate with the department of Methodology and Statistics, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University  to organize a two-day workshop designed to provide faculty, PhD, doctoral students, and other researchers in the area of Educational and Behavioral Sciences, Social Welfare and Healthcare sciences with the fundamental background and skills required to conduct a systematic review of research regarding treatments, interventions, therapies, or experiences. The course will be conducted in English.

Introduction to Critical Appraisal
When: 3 June
Where: University of Leicester, UK

This is a one-day introduction/refresher to the ideas underlying critical appraisal of published research. The course will include several lectures and exercises to improve your ability to understand the different types of study designs and to be able to critically appraise a randomised controlled trial (RCT).

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis in action
When: 4 June
Where: University of Leicester, UK

This one-day course will give participants the basic skills to enable them to design and perform a systematic review of randomised controlled trials (interventions). This workshop is suitable for those who are new to systematic reviews and meta-analysis or require a refresher session. Some knowledge of basic literature searching and research methods is required.

Masterclass in Systematic Reviews in Cancer (free)
When: 7-11 June
Where: Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

The Cochrane Methodology Review Group, All-Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research and Queen’s University Belfast are working with the European School of Oncology on a 5-day Masterclass that will take participants through the key steps in preparing a systematic review of research in cancer. The Masterclass will help participants to strengthen the design of any review they are working on and to learn generic skills that can be applied when using systematic reviews for policy and practice.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane Review
When: 16-18 June
Where: Mater Health Services, Brisbane, 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.

Systematic Review of Diagnostic Test Accuracy
When: 30 June & 1 July
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands

This workshop is targeted at review authors who are planning to do a Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review and other interested participants. 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. The workshop will focus mainly on methodological challenges around SRDTAs. We will also address basic statistical methods for meta-analysis and the logistics of processing SRDTAs within The Cochrane Collaboration.

International Course in Prognosis Research
When: 30 June – 2 July
Where: Keele University, UK

Prognosis research provides information crucial to understanding, explaining and predicting future clinical outcomes in people with existing disease or health conditions. This 3-day course is designed to introduce the key components of prognosis research to health professionals and researchers.

Are you going to the Annual Meeting of the IADR in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 – 28 June?

Members of the Cochrane Oral Health Group Editorial Base will be attending. Co-ordinating Editors Helen Worthington and Jan Clarkson will be presenting a workshop on 26 June: Cochrane Reviews: How to make them useful, usable and used. Scientific Editor Phil Riley is presenting his work on Synthesis of multiple Cochrane review meta-analyses for patient’s oral self-care, and Editor Tanya Walsh presents Prioritization of reviews of the Cochrane Oral Health Group on 27 June.