Cochrane and related training for September and October, 2014

Training1The following training courses are available in September and October. Follow the links to find out more!

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy
When: 3-5 September 2014
Where: University of Birmingham, UK

This three-day course is organised jointly by faculty from the University of Birmingham and the University of Amsterdam. The course is designed for individuals undertaking health technology assessment, health service researchers and healthcare professionals interested in understanding key issues in the design and conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies. The course will be delivered through a mixture of interactive presentations, discussions and hands-on computer exercises.

Workshop RA3 Analysis Methods for Systematic Reviews
When: 9 September 2014
Where: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

RA3 is designed to target authors who have spent time working on their systematic review, are in the process of (or have just finished) study selection, and are now thinking about their analysis. This day enables authors to think through the appropriateness of their data collection form, and goes into further detail about analysis methods and models, and exploring heterogeneity.

Workshop RA1 Beginning a Systematic Review Protocol
When: 16 September 2014
Where: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

RA1 is targeted at authors who are at the very beginning of the review process and includes small group discussions around each authors review question. This workshop also incorporates an introduction to RevMan, and the appropriate procedures for working on a protocol using RevMan.

Workshop RA2 The Methods Section of the Protocol
When: 17 September 2014
Where: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

RA2 is usually run on the day following RA1, so authors can choose to take the two days in succession or as stand-alone courses. This day is designed to help authors further develop their protocol, introducing them to searching for studies, study selection and data collection procedures, risk of bias, and analysis topics which require planning at the protocol stage. The day contains activities which enable authors to reflect on their own protocol and time to work in RevMan.

Systematic references search
When: 26 September 2014
Where: Cité Hospitalière, Lausanne, Switzerland

Literature references search is a key element of a systematic review’s quality. It requires the comprehension of specific terms and concepts. At the end of the course, participants should be able to understand the fundamentals of a literature search equation, based on the methodology of The Cochrane Collaboration, as well as conduct a simple literature search in databases.

Diagnosis and prognosis: Clinical and research problems
When: 8-11 October 2014
Where: Gargnano, Lago di Garda, Italy

Topics covered include assessment of diagnostic accuracy, the Bayesian rule; pre-test and post-test probability, cut off value, the ROC curve; the architecture of diagnostic studies and systematic reviews and metaanalysis. All sessions will be run in English. Selection will be based on the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Applicants will receive a confirmation of acceptance shortly after their application is received so that they can proceed with the payment and forward us a copy of the bank transfer.

Workshop RA4 Advanced Topics in the Analysis and Reporting of Systematic Reviews
When: 8 October 2014
Where: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

RA4 contains a large amount of training material and activities to cover common issues which arise with continuous data types. It also covers how to deal with data in different formats, over-coming unit of analysis issues and dealing with multiplicity in reviews, as well as using GRADE and Summary of Findings Tables. The workshop aims to raise awareness of a variety of methods that are available for use in systematic reviews to overcome common pitfalls, and to empower review authors to seek statistical support when appropriate.

Understanding, using and GRAD(E)ing the evidence from diagnostic interventions
When: 9-11 October 2014
Where: Freiburg, Germany

In the first part, the workshop “Understanding, using and grading evidence from diagnostic interventions” aims at introducing the concept of
1. diagnostic studies (as compared to therapeutic studies), including discussing several main diagnostic study designs, the measures of diagnostic test accuracy studies and
2. systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy using the Cochrane Collaborations methodology
In the second part we will introduce 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.

Systematic reviews in medicine
When: 9-11 October 2014
Where: Freiburg, Germany

Basic course in evidence-based medicine. 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 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. Content: Hands-on tutorial on The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and Review Manager review production software, and more. Workshop language is German.

Online trainingWe’d also like to draw your attention to an online course, developed by the EPPI-Centre, Institute of Education, University of London: Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice. This course will enable you to conduct and appraise systematic reviews. On successful completion, you will be familiar with the strengths and limitations of systematic reviews and have a critical appreciation of evidence-informed policy and practice.