Cochrane and related training for June, July and August 2015

shutterstock_190376927The following workshops are available over summer 2015. Click on the links to find out more about the program and how to register.

Network meta-analysis
Where: Bordeaux & Paris, France
When: 4-5 June 2015 (Bordeaux), 2-3 July (Paris)

The objectives are to present the role of network meta-analyses in therapeutic evaluation; the underlying statistical principles and methodological aspects; the potential sources of biases and methods to address them; guidelines for quality assessment and reporting. Phase one will be in Bordeaux, France,  on June 4th-5th, 2015 and will be about critical assessment (full program here). Phase two will take place in Paris on July 2nd-3rd and will consist in a technical workshop  (20 trainees will be selected among phase I participants).

Introductory workshop on systematic reviews
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 8 June 2015

Overview: This one-day Introductory workshop on systematic reviews is designed for healthcare professionals interested in Cochrane systematic reviews, to give them an overview of all the methods required to write a protocol and get started on the review. This workshop is provided free of charge.

Cochrane review completion and update workshop
Where: Jeju Island, Korea
When: 12-14 June

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. Expert trainers and experienced Cochrane authors will be on hand to provide advice and support. In addition to dedicated working time, the workshop will be tailored to individual author’s learning needs, and may include 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.

Developing a systematic review using Cochrane methods
Where: Jeju Island, Korea
When: 12-14 June

This three-day workshop guides authors through the steps of developing a systematic review using Cochrane methods. A mixture of presentations and hands-on sessions covers all the essential steps from formulating a question; searching, selecting and appraising studies; and how to analyse data and interpret results.

Applying the Cochrane Risk of Bias assessment tool for non-randomized studies
Where: Jeju Island, Korea
When: 15 June 2015

This one-day course will describe the background, rationale and structure of Cochrane’s new risk of bias tool for assessing non-randomized studies (ACROBAT-NRS). Participants will have the opportunity to apply the tool in practice by assessing the risk of bias to one or two primary studies. The workshop will be divided into sessions that cover the different bias domains of the tool; each session will start with a short explanation and be followed by a practical.

Developing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
When: 15-19 June 2015

This workshop guides participants through the steps of developing a systematic
review and includes presentations about Cochrane Collaboration methodology, hands-on practice using the Cochrane Collaboration’s Review Manager (RevMan) software, and a statistics review session. It is limited to Cochrane contributors as well as ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision researchers interested in registering a title with the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group.

The Nottingham Systematic Review Course
Where: Nottingham, UK
When: 16 June 2015

This course will appeal to all those interested in completing a Cochrane-style review.  Experienced tutors and facilitators will be available to give you practical and individual advice.  After attending the course, participants should be able to understand search strategies, extract data, manage the results of systematic searches, understand the syntheses of the data, apply the methods and conduct reviews independently.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
Where: Gold Coast, Australia
When: 24 June 2015

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 reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy
Where: Birmingham, UK
When: 1-3 July 2015

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.

Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making
Where: Ithaca, New York, USA
When: 27 July- 7 August 2015

This unique institute will bring together experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochrane, and Cornell University to train participants in the development of systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in public health. Systematic reviews following the Cochrane methodology are used to ensure that WHO recommendations are informed on sound evidence. Participants will use the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tool to assess the overall quality of evidence.

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Melaka, Malaysia
When: 29-31 July 2015

The three-day workshop consists of developing a protocol for a review, searching and managing references, extracting and using data and using Revman. Implementation is by presentations, interactive sessions with hands on practical work at computer stations and group work.

Introduction to systematic reviews of interventions
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: 3-4 August 2015

The course will take a step-by-step approach to the tasks and methods involved in conducting a systematic review to answer a question about the effects of a health-related intervention, from a simple drug treatment to a complex public health or health systems intervention.

In addition to the courses listed above, Cochrane UK offers an extensive programme of Cochrane systematic review training. The timetable for these can be found on their website.

If you can’t make it to a workshop, there are online learning modules available for registered Cochrane authors or contributors, providing an introduction to core skills and methods. An Archie login is required.

Don’t forget to register for the 23rd Cochrane Colloquium in Vienna, Austria. Early bird registration ends on 22nd July 2015.


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