Cochrane and related training, October to December 2018

Are you interested in doing some training on systematic review methodology, or a related topic? Here are some workshops and courses that you might want to explore. Follow the links to find out more!

Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
Where: Melaka, Malaysia
When: 10-12 October

The workshop is designed for the individuals who will undertake a Cochrane systematic review of randomised studies for publication in The Cochrane Library. Participants should have a registered title (or be in the process of completing a proposal for a title) with a Cochrane Review Group before attending.

Advanced search techniques for systematic reviews, health technology assessment and guideline development
Where: York, UK
When: 16 October

This workshop, organised by York Health Economics Consortium, 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: 16 October

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 topics in the analysis and reporting of systematic reviews (RA4)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 17 October

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.

Advanced search strategy design for complex topics: strategy development, text analytics and text mining
Where: York, UK
When: 17 October

This training event 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 event 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.

Software to support the systematic review process
Where: York, UK
When: 18 October 

This workshop 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: 30 October to 1 November

The three-day workshop begins with an introduction to Cochrane and a brief overview of the format of a protocol for a systematic review. A mixture of presentations and small group activities gives participants the opportunity to develop and refine their own protocols. At the end of the workshop participants should be able to complete the writing of the methods section of a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review.

Network meta-analysis
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 2 November to 4 November

Associate Professor Andrea Cipriani from Oxford University leads this 3-day interactive course along with international Network Meta-Analysis experts Professor Georgia Salanti and Professor Toshi Furukawa. The course is designed for clinicians, researchers and policy-makers interested in evidence synthesis and comparative effectiveness. This is a popular, established course that has been run five times at Oxford University, UK. For the very first time, this course will be available in Australia. Network meta-analysis (NMA) is the latest evidence synthesis tool. NMA provides a framework to analyse and compare multiple interventions. The field is evolving rapidly and clinicians, researchers and policy makers are increasingly required to understand and use NMA.

Introduction to systematic reviews in health
Where: Southampton, UK
When: 13 November 

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.

Beginning a systematic review protocol (RA1)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 13 November

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.

The methods section of the protocol (RA2)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 14 November

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 health economics
Where: Southampton, UK
When: 14 November

SHTAC at the University of Southampton are able to provide an introductory overview of all aspects of health economics. Courses are designed for health professionals, academics and decision makers with an understanding of health and related research. Places are limited.

Systematic review part 1: writing the protocol
Where: Mechelen, Belgium
When: 15 November 

This workshop provides an introduction to Cochrane and the Campbell Collaboration. Participants will learn how to start writing a Cochrane review,  how to search for relevant studies, and what to include in the protocol.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 3 December to 5 December

This three-day workshop, organised by Cochrane Australia, 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.

Cochrane has a range of interactive learning modules, the first module is free to access. Find out more here.

2 thoughts on “Cochrane and related training, October to December 2018

  1. I am a university lecturer in research methods and Public health dentistry. I wish to enquire if I can get sponsorship for this training in any of your trainings all over the world.

    • Hi, we don’t currently offer sponsorship I’m afraid. It might be worth contacting the convenors of any of the courses which interest you to see if there are any sponsored places / discounts available. Follow the links in the posts for contact details.

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