Systematic review training in October, November and December

Interested in taking some training in systematic review methodology? Click on the links to find out more…

Preparation and completion of a Cochrane review
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 4 October 2017
The aim of the workshop is to facilitate participants in preparing a protocol, carrying out the review process, and writing up the review manuscript. The workshop is open to people who have registered a title with a Cochrane review group

7th Guideline Development Workshop using the GRADE approach
Where: Seattle, USA
When: 4-6 October 2017
The workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive overview to strengthen their understanding of evidence assessment and recommendation development and to improve techniques for applying GRADE to their current projects.

Systematic reviews in medicine workshop
Where: Freiburg, Germany
When: 5-7 October 2017
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 will gain insight into the background of systematic reviews and their role in evidence-based medicine. In addition, they will learn to evaluate studies and reviews critically in guided group work.

Searching trials registers and regulatory agency sources
Where: York, UK
When: 11 October 2017
This course, facilitated by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will address the most effective way to search clinical trial registries, given the different interfaces available and how these differences impact not only on retrieval but also on associated aspects such as managing the search results.

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Bagayam, Vellore, India
When: 16-20 October 2017
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 3 times a year.

Advanced search techniques for systematic reviews, health technology assessment and guideline development
Where: York, UK
When: 17 October 2017
This workshop, facilitated by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), 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.

Analysis methods for systematic reviews (RA3)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 17 October 2017
This workshop (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.

Advanced search strategy design for complex topics
Where: York, UK
When: 18 October 2017
This training event, facilitated by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will address the challenges of developing search strategies to capture complex topics in large bibliographic databases using different conceptual combinations and search techniques. The training will also introduce textual analytic and text mining techniques to demonstrate their potential for strategy design and testing. Participants will undertake exercises using open source visualisation tools to investigate terms within sets of records, in order to explore the value of text mining tools in their own future search strategy design.

Advanced topics in the analysis and reporting of systematic reviews (RA4)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 18 October 2017
This workshop (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.

Software to support the systematic review process
Where: York, UK
When: 19 October 2017
This workshop, facilitated by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will provide an opportunity to learn about special-purpose software tools currently available to support systematic reviews and to share experiences of using software in practice. The workshop will examine and provide hands-on with both commercial and not-for-profit systematic review management packages (including Covidence, DistillerSR and EPPI-Reviewer), as well as a range of free and commercial tools to tackle single tasks within the systematic review process (such as Rayyan, RobotReviewer and SWIFT-Review).

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Penang, Malaysia
When: 7-9 November 2017
This 3-day workshop organised by Cochrane Malaysia on Developing a Protocol for a Cochrane Systematic Review is for individuals that are in the process of or are considering authoring a Cochrane systematic review. It is most suited to authors who already have a registered title, but authors who have not yet identified a title will also benefit from the course and will be given assistance to develop a title.

Beginning a systematic review protocol workshop (RA1)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 7 November 2017
This workshop (RA1) is targeted at authors who are at the very beginning of the review process and includes small group discussions around each author’s review question. This workshop also incorporates an introduction to RevMan, and the appropriate procedures for working on a protocol using RevMan.

The methods section of the protocol workshop (RA2)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 8 November 2017
This workshop (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.

Introduction to systematic reviews in health
Where: Southampton, UK
When: 8 November 2017
Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) at the University of Southampton organises this training day which provides an introductory overview of all aspects of systematic reviewing in health. It is designed for health professionals, academics and decision makers with an understanding of health and related research. Places are limited.

Completing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Bagayam, Vellore, India
When: 27 November-1 December 2017
To provide protected time and resources to facilitate completion of systematic reviews. This workshop is for authors who already have accepted or published protocols for Cochrane or non-Cochrane systematic reviews, or those updating Cochrane systematic reviews.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 6-8 December 2017
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.

Webinar: CINeMA: confidence in network meta-analysis
Where: Online
When: 18 October
There is a need to evaluate the credibility of network meta-analysis evidence in a systematic way. The CINeMA (Confidence in Network Meta-analysis) framework has been developed to judge the confidence that can be placed in results obtained from a network meta-analysis by adapting and extending the GRADE domains (study limitations, inconsistency, indirectness, imprecision and publication bias). The system is transparent and applicable to any network structure.

The webinar will be of particular interest to reviewers undertaking network meta-analysis, and editors evaluating network meta-analysis submissions.  You will learn more about the methodology and there will be chance to see the web application itself. The link to the web application and an example dataset will be shared ahead of the webinar.

It will take place on Wednesday 18 October at 11:00 UTC. Sign up here.

Come to the Global Evidence Summit…

There’s still time to sign up for the first Global Evidence Summit. This is the first time that Cochrane, the Campbell Collaboration, Guidelines-International-Network (GIN), International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care and Joanna Briggs Institute have joined forces to create a new event in evidence-based policy.

It will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 13-16 September, 2017. Registration is open until 30 August 2017. Visit the event website for more information and to register.

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