The latest Cochrane and related training… Autumn 2019

Are you interested in some training in systematic reviews or a related topic? Here are some opportunities coming up in Autumn 2019, follow the links for more information…

Analysis methods for systematic reviews (RA3)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 8 October 2019

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: 9 October 2019

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 skills workshop
Where: Bern, Switzerland
When: 9-11 October 2019

This is a three day course, organised by Cochrane Switzerland. It will address the challenges of advanced search strategies using different conceptual approaches and search techniques. It will also introduce text analysis techniques such as text mining to demonstrate their potential for developing and testing search strategies. The course is in English.

Improving your training skills: a workshop for Cochrane trainers
Where: Santiago, Chile
When: 21 October 2019

The workshop is being delivered by Professor Susan van Schalkwyk and Dr Anke Rohwer from the University of Stellenbosch, in partnership with Cochrane Training. It has been custom-designed with a view to strengthening the delivery of Cochrane training initiatives for enhancing knowledge and skills related to conducting, editing and reading systematic reviews. The workshop is structured around a blend of interactive presentations on key topics relating to the design, planning and facilitation of a learning event, interspersed with opportunities for interaction, sharing of good practice, and reflection. It is primarily aimed at members of the Cochrane Trainers’ Network, who will be given priority in registration, but is also open to anyone involved in other similar training activities.

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Penang, Malaysia
When: 29-31 October 2019

This course aims to cover what is needed to complete a Cochrane protocol for an intervention review. It begins with an introduction to Cochrane and a brief overview of the format of a Cochrane systematic review. Over the 3-day workshop a mixture of presentations and a small group activities is used as well as hands-on computer sessions. This workshop also covers formulating clinical questions, locating studies, appraising risk of bias and the basics of meta-analysis needed to write the methods section of a protocol.

Economic modelling techniques for the NHS and public health
Where: York, UK
When: 5 November 2019

This one-day training course, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will provide an understanding of the principles of public health economics and economic modelling. It will focus on some of the methods and techniques used to express economic information in ways that are useful to decision makers in the public sector.

Medical statistics for non-statisticians: basic
Where: Krems, Austria
When: 6-7 November 2019

The aim of this workshop, organised by the Department of Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, in cooperation with Cochrane Austria, is to make participants familiar with the main features of statistical analysis and to show them where the real information is hidden in scientific publications. At the end, participants should be able to do simple analyses.

Introduction to systematic reviews
Where: Southampton, UK
When: 12 November 2019

Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) at the University of Southampton, invites you to participate in 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.

Introduction to health economics evaluation
Where: Southampton, UK
When: 13 November 2019

This popular one day course is delivered by Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) at the University of Southampton. The course will provide an overview of health economics and is designed for health professionals, academics and decision-makers with an understanding of health and related research. Places are limited.

Critical evaluation of medical studies
Where: Vienna, Austria
When: 19 November 2019

The aim of this workshop, organised by the Department of Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology in cooperation with Cochrane Austria, is firstly to impart the theoretical and methodical background that is necessary for the critical evaluation of clinical studies, and secondly, to give workshop participants the practical experience in the critical evaluation of studies. This workshop is for everyone who reads published medical studies and wants to assess their credibility and validity.

Beginning a systematic review protocol (RA1)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 19 November 2019

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 sections of the protocol (RA2)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 20 November 2019

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 Cochrane methodology workshop
Where: Lund, Sweden
When: 20-21 November 2019

The workshop is primarily aimed at health professionals, researchers and academics with an interest in healthcare research but is also open for anyone to join. The level is basic and prior experience from conducting systematic reviews is not a requirement. The workshop will provide an introduction on practical and methodological issues of how to prepare a Cochrane systematic review of the effects of interventions.

Cochrane standard author training
Where: Edmonton, Canada
When: 26-28 November 2019

Topics will include protocols, defining your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions, and a hands-on session with review management software. This workshop is suitable for participants who have registered a review title about interventions, and are ready to begin writing a protocol, have little or no experience in systematic reviews; or, are experiencing difficulty defining the scope of their review.

Analysis methods for systematic reviews (RA3)
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 3 December 2019

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: 4 December 2019

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.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 9-11 December 2019

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.

The Cochrane Colloquium – join us in Santiago!

This year, the Cochrane Colloquium will take place in Santiago, Chile. Registration is open until 26th September. The theme of the Colloquium for 2019 is “Embracing diversity”. A total of nine special sessions will be given through the programme, including two in Spanish, and there will be an array of workshops, plenary sessions and oral presentations to attend. This year, the Colloquium will run from 22nd to 25th October. To find out more and to register, check out the Colloquium website.