Cochrane and related training – new workshops and events

Some new training events and workshops have been announced. If you’d like some help with systematic review methodology, follow the links to find out more!

Cochrane UK: review author training courses

Cochrane UK run review author training courses on a regular basis. They cover beginning a systematic review protocol, the methods section of the protocol, analysis methods for systematic reviews and advanced topics in analysis and reporting. The courses take place in Oxford, UK. The next available dates are 21st and 22nd May, and 11th and 12th June.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: 22-24 May

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.

Identifying diagnostic test accuracy studies: challenges and strategies
Where: York, UK
When: 12 June

This training day, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will provide an introduction to the key features of diagnostic test accuracy studies to provide insight into retrieval challenges. This will be followed by an overview of the research evidence on search approaches to identify diagnostic studies and the key current resources available to find studies and reviews. In this fast-moving research area current searching guidance will be explored and key critical appraisal tools for assessing diagnostic test accuracy studies will be highlighted. There will be time to explore and test strategies and resources.

The Nottingham systematic review course
Where: Nottingham, UK
When: 18-21 June

The annual Systematic Review Course, held at the University of Nottingham in the UK, will take place this year from 18-21 June. It is aimed at participants who want to become proficient in developing and undertaking a Cochrane-style systematic review. It is an introductory course, and no previous knowledge is required. The course qualifies for 24 Royal College of Physicians CPD points.

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of prognosis studies
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 19-21 June

This two day course, organised by Cochrane Australia, will cover the principles, design, searching, data extraction and risk of bias assessment in review of prognosis studies, and is open to everyone with interest in systematic reviews of prognosis studies. An additional third day will address the more advanced topic of meta-analysis of prognosis studies, including computer exercises where two meta-analyses are conducted.

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy studies
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands
When: 26-28 June

A three-day workshop targeted at people who wish to learn how to summarise evidence of studies about diagnostic tests. The workshop is directed to people who need to make decisions about diagnostic tests and forms a coherent basis for systematically reviewing, analysing and interpreting diagnostic evidence.

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of prognosis studies
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands
When: 1-3 July

A three-day workshop targeted at people who wish to learn how to summarise evidence of prognosis studies. In this three-day workshop we discuss and practice how to define your prognosis review question, how to search the literature, how to critically assess the quality of primary prognosis studies, which statistical methods to use for a meta-analysis of the results of primary prognosis studies, how to use these methods and how to interpret and report the findings.

Early economic modelling to inform clinical trial design and other decisions
Where: York, UK
When: 2 July

This one-day training session, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will cover the fundamental aspects of early economic modelling as well as exploring more advanced methods such as value of information analysis.

Health utilities for economic models
Where: York, UK
When: 3 July

This one-day training course, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), complements the early economic modelling course, discussing issues around different approaches to obtaining utility values. It introduces each approach in turn, giving an overview of the implementation, strengths, and limitations of each, across different contexts.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 10-12 July

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.

Using the GRADE approach to summarise evidence for policy and practice
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 11 July

This one-day course, organised by Cochrane Australia, is designed for systematic review authors and others involved in evidence syntheses. It covers the main principles of the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) approach and provides practical guidance on using the methods to summarise evidence for policy and practice. GRADE has become the gold standard approach for summarising findings in systematic reviews and rating the certainty of a body of evidence. Recommended for use in Cochrane reviews and NHMRC-approved guidelines, GRADE provides a transparent method for making the complex decisions required to draw conclusions about the certainty of evidence.