Cochrane and related training: summer 2017

If you’re looking for some systematic review training in July, August or September this year, click on the links to find out more!

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 5-7 July

Three-day workshops will be held onm  is designed for authors of intervention reviews who wish to follow Cochrane methods. The workshop provides authors with a comprehensive overview of the methods required to write a protocol and get started on a review. The workshop is suitable for people with little or no experience in systematic reviews who have identified a topic and are either already working on or are about to start working on a review.

Introduction to Covidence webinar series
Where: Online
When: 6 July

Introduction to Covidence for Cochrane Authors is a regularly repeated live walk-through of Covidence’s features by Anneliese Arno, Community Manager at Covidence. Covidence is Cochrane’s new online systematic review production platform, and was selected by Cochrane to become the standard platform for Cochrane Reviews.  Covidence supports import and deduplication of citations, title and abstract and full text screening, risk of bias assessment and data extraction, and export of data directly into RevMan or Excel.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Brisbane, Australia
When: 9-11 August

This three-day workshop is designed for authors of intervention reviews who wish to follow Cochrane methods. The workshop provides authors with a comprehensive overview of the methods required to write a protocol and get started on a review. The workshop is suitable for people with little or no experience in systematic reviews who have identified a topic and are either already working on or are about to start working on a review.

Completing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Bagayam, Vellore, India
When: 21-25 August

This four day workshop aims to provide protected time and resources to facilitate completion of Cochrane reviews. Attendees must have a registered title with a Cochrane review group, or a published protocol for a non-Cochrane systematic review.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
Where: Melaka, Malaysia
When: 23-25 August

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

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy
Where: Birmingham, UK
When: 4-6 September

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.

Health economics evaluations and economic evidence: finding information to inform HTAs and economic models
Where: York, UK
When: 6 September

Health economics evidence is a key element in much health services research and particularly in health technology assessments. Identifying economic evidence to inform such research can involve searches in a range of databases and using a variety of strategies. This study day, facilitated by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), 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 the CEA Registry, and explorations of options for searching to identify data for economic models. With the closure of key economic evaluation databases (NHS EED and HEED) we will be focusing on how to identify economic evaluations from major bibliographic databases. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

Meta-analysis: advanced methods using the STATA software
Where: Lausanne, Switzerland
When: 20-22 September

This 2.5 days course is dedicated to the statistical meta-analysis method, which is the key to quantitative data synthesis within the framework of a systematic review. Targeting primarily researchers and authors of systematic reviews, it will use the Stata software and tackle in detail the methodological and statistical elements which will enable the participants to deepen their knowledge of the meta-analysis technique.

Cochrane Global Evidence Summit
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: 13-16 September


Cochrane is coming together with the Campbell Collaboration, Guidelines International Network (GIN), International Society for Evidence-Based Healthcare and the Joanna Briggs Institute for the first Global Evidence Summit. It is an inter-sectoral and multi-disciplinary event exchanging ideas about how we best generate, summarize and communicate evidence to inform and change policy and practice worldwide. The five plenary sessions will feature regional and international speakers addressing key issues that will highlight and promote evidence-based approaches to target resources to what works. We anticipate input from a multitude of perspectives including education, social and criminal justice, environment, gender health, health systems and clinical care and practice.

MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare
Where: University of Manchester
When: September 2017 (for one year full time, or two years part time)

The University of Manchester is offering a postgraduate course in Evidence-Based Healthcare. It is a distance learning course, which can be undertaken over 1 year full time, or 2 years part time. It can be taken as an MSc, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate. It aims to train participants in the processes of evidence synthesis, guidelines development and implementation.

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