Cochrane and related training in 2016: winter / spring workshops

iStock_000067853623_MediumAre you looking for some training in systematic reviews or critical appraisal in 2016? Follow the links to find out more about these events…

Critical appraisal of medical studies

Where: Krems, Austria
When: 8-9 February

Danube University Krems and Cochrane Austria are presenting a workshop on critical apprasial of different study types. To be presented are theoretical foundations of different study types, methodological basics, and practical examples from medical literature. This workshop will show students how one does a critical apprasial of a study, detect bias, and maniuplations. Workshop in German. 16 DFP Points, cost €590

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Vellore, India
When: 8-12 February

Cochrane South Asia aims to improve the quality of health care and health policy in the South Asian region through its activities. As part of its efforts towards capacity-building among health professionals to understand and to conduct systematic reviews, ‘Protocol development workshop’, is held three times a year. Cost: 5000 rupees

Course for healthcare guideline developers on treatments of rare diseases
Where: Milan, Italy
When: 10-12 February

The present course is part of the capacity building activities of the project RARE-Bestpractices. These activities intend to promote guideline quality standards for rare diseases across European Member States and to support the upcoming European Reference Networks and Centres of Expertise in the development of their capacity to produce and use health care guidelines on rare diseases.

Systematic reviews Pt II: conducting a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Leuven, Belgium
When: 2-3 March

Cochrane Belgium organizes a two-day course on practical aspects related to the conduct of Cochrane systematic reviews. Using both plenary and practical sessions, participants learn how to perform a Cochrane systematic review. Topics include:  doing the searches, assessing risk of bias of included studies, data analysis and interpretation. Participants get hands-on training with the Cochrane’s software for preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews (Review Manager). The course is taught in English.

Medical statistics for non-statisicians (basic course)
Where: Krems, Austria
When: 8-9 March

This workshop is dedicated to recognition and evaluation of statistical basics. Participants are encouraged to get over the “fear” of statistics in order to critically appraise statistics in science. Workshop in German. 16 DFP Points, cost €590

Systematic reviews in medicine
Where: Freiburg, Germany
When: 10-12 March 2016

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. Hands-on tutorial on the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, and Review Manager review production software. The course language is German. Cost: €450 (€300 for students).

GRADE workshop: grading evidence and recommendations
Where: Freiburg, Germany
When: 10-11 March

Basic course for authors of clinical guidelines, HTA reports, or systematic reviews, workshop language is German. The objectives are: to understand the basic principles of GRADE methodology, to understand the steps of critical appraisal of evidence and the impact of quality of evidence on the strength of the recommendation, to acquire a basic knowledge of the GRADE software (GRADEpro), to create an evidence profile for a therapeutic intervention based on a systematic review and to understand how the GRADE methodology provides an appropriate approach that includes the requirement for a simple and manageable system as well as the need for a broad integration of all important aspects of decision making.

Advanced GRADE workshop – grading evidence and recommendations
Where: Freiburg, Germany
When: 10-11 March

Workshop language: German. For healthcare professionals who use the GRADE system or healthcare professionals who have already attended the basic GRADE workshop. Objectives of the day include: to understand how the GRADE methodology provides an appropriate approach that includes the requirement for a simple and manageable system as well as the need for a broad integration of all important aspects of decision making, to understand and apply the GRADEpro software and to create evidence profiles on the base of systematic reviews, clinical guidelines or HTA-reports using the GRADE methodology.

Systematic literature search: two day introductory and advanced course
Where: Freiburg, Germany
When: 10-11 March

First day: Introductory Course, 2nd day Advanced Course. Both courses may be attended or just a single one. During the introductory course you will receive an introduction to evidence-based medicine, basics of literature search and Cochrane and its databases. There will be online search tutorials in Medline through Pubmed and hands-on tutorial on the Cochrane Library. In the advanced course you will receive an extensive theoretical introduction to databases and access to medical search, followed by a hands-on search tutorial for Medline through Ovid. There will be presentations on the use of search filters and managing literature with Endnote. Participants of this course should have knowledge of medical literature searching.

Advanced search techniques for systematic reviews, HTA and guideline development
Where: York, UK
When: 26 April

Extensive literature searches are the foundation of high quality systematic reviews, health technology assessment (HTA), guideline development and other major projects. Conducting searches to retrieve research evidence from databases and other resources requires a range of knowledge and skills. There are constant challenges to keeping up-to-date with new database features and approaches to achieving efficient searches. Search approaches may need to be adapted depending on the end-product which the search is informing and the resources available. Search approaches increasingly need to be explained to sponsors and other end-users in terms of the extent to which they are fit-for-purpose. 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.

Don’t forget! Online learning modules are also available to Cochrane authors and editors, visit the Cochrane learning resources page.


Birmingham c. Jimmy Guano under creative commons licence from Wikimedia Commons

Registration for the Cochrane UK and Ireland Annual Symposium is open, join the team in Birmingham on 15 and 16 March. Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson will be a guest speaker at Plenary 3 on 16 March.