Cochrane training for September and October 2013


c. George Serdechny

The following Cochrane and related training events are available in September and October 2013. Follow the links to find out more!

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
When: 2-6 September
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A systematic review workshop for people who have registered a title with the Cochrane Collaboration. The five day programme includes an introduction to evidence informed healthcare, an introduction to RevMan and GradePro. Searching for and selecting trials, data extraction and meta analysis are among the topics explored.

Cochrane UK Social Media Roadshow
When: 5 September
Where: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

An intermediate training session on social media is being held at the UK Cochrane Centre. Topics covered include how to Tweet about Cochrane evidence, engaging at events through social media, how to create an e-newsletter and a Social Media Surgery.

EQUATOR Annual Lecture and workshop on research reporting
When: 7 September and 9 September
Where: Swissotel, Chicago, USA

This year’s EQUATOR workshop is presented during the Peer Review Congress. The subject is “Reporting guidelines: a tool to increase the quality of health research published in your journal”. It is aimed at editors and peer reviewers of medical research journals. Professor Kay Dickersin will present the 5th EQUATOR Annual Lecture on 9 September. Both events are free and independent from the Peer Review Congress. Anyone may attend but registration is required for the workshop.

Teaching evidence based practice
When: 9-13 September
Where: Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford

This workshop is part of the University of Oxford’s MSc in Evidence Based Health Care but can be taken as a stand-alone short course. The course aims to enhance knowledge to the five steps of evidence based practice. Topics covered include critical appraisal, finding the evidence and auditing evidence based decisions.

Identifying the evidence for systematic reviews: an introduction for information professionals
When: 10 September
Where: York, UK

This workshop looks at improving understanding of systematic review methods. Learn about planning a search strategy, undertaking faceted searches on Ovid, locating and using methodological search filters and documenting the search process.

Evidence-based clinical practice workshop
When: 29 September – 2 October
Where: Lago di Garda, Italy

The aim of this basic, residential course is to learn the appraisal of the architecture of diagnostic research and to be able to link the theory with clinical reasoning and medical decision making. Participants should be able to recognize the different phases of diagnostic study architecture, the appropriate methodology, and the corresponding research questions they are aimed to answer.

Systematic reviews in medicine
When: 10-12 October
Where: Freiberg, Germany

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 gain insight into the background of systematic reviews and their role in evidence-based medicine. In addition, they learn to evaluate studies and reviews critically in guided group work.

Understanding, using and GRAD(E)ing the evidence from diagnostic interventions
When: 14-15 October
Where: Freiburg, Germany

The first day of this two day course will introduce diagnostic studies and systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. The second day will look at the GRADE framework of grading the quality of evidence and developing recommendations. On the basis of an exemplary diagnostic review, participants will create a diagnostic evidence profile, and develop an evidence-based recommendation. In German with some talks in English.

Cochrane Standard Author Training Course
When: 18-20 October
Where: London, Ontario, Canada

Take this three-day workshop to learn the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane Review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions and a hands-on session with the Review Manager software.

Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, HTA, and Guideline Development
When: 22 October
Where: York, UK

This workshop 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.

Trials Registers, Trials Results Registers and Other Research Registers: Challenges and Opportunities
When: 23 October
Where: York, UK

Trials registers, results registers and other research registers are developing quickly and provide challenges in terms of identification, efficient searching and record management. This one day training course will highlight the background to the development of trial registers and trials results registers, will discuss the types of registers and the relative coverageof and ICTRP, and will offer practical advice on searching registers and managing register records.

Webinar: Managing references for your review using EndNote
When: 23 October
Where: Online

The Cochrane Live webinar series is an opportunity for authors in Australia and the South East Asian region to participate in online, interactive training sessions from the comfort of your own desk. This webinar looks at using EndNote to manage systematic review references.

Cochrane and related training for May and June 2013

Training room

Training room, c. Ben Pike

The following workshops on systematic review methodology are available in May and June 2013. Follow the links for more information and for details on how to register.

Cochrane Standard Author Training
When: 1-3 May
Where: St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

A three day  workshop to learn the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane Review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions and a hands-on session with Review Manager software.

Evidence Based Practice
When: 2 May
Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Participants will work in small groups with professionals in their field, you can expect to further develop your critical evaluation skills with complex journal articles, learn quick and easy ways to find good quality evidence to support clinical skills, and how to maximize effectiveness with clients through improve personal practice standards.
After the workshop, participants should be able to:
1. capture and formulate answerable clinical questions
2. search effectively for primary evidence, guidelines and other resources
3. critically appraise evidence

Protocol Development for Clinical Trials
When: 6-8 May
Where: Gold Coast, Australia

A three-day intensive training program focused on the essentials of clinical trials design. Participants will need to submit a clinical trial outline prior to registration, which will be reviewed by the facilitators. In the workshop this outline will be developed into a full protocol. The workshop can include protocol development for any area related to health and medicine, for example, general practice, medical specialties, allied health, exercise science, psychology, nutrition, medical education.

Review completion workshop
When: 13-17 May
Where: Australasian Cochrane Centre, Melbourne, Australia

This workshop provides review authors with dedicated time and support to complete or update their Cochrane systematic review. Authors spend a week at the Australasian Cochrane Centre working on their review, with expert trainers on hand to provide advice and support. In addition to dedicated working time, the workshop is tailored to individual author’s learning needs, and may provide teaching and discussion on assessing the eligibility of studies, data collection, assessing risk of bias, using the Review Manager software, statistical analysis, interpreting results and drafting the final review.

Webinar: Cochrane 101: an introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration (conducted in French)
When: 15 May, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

Who was Cochrane? What is the Collaboration? And what are systematic reviews? Come learn about an international network that helps healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates, and care-givers make well-informed decisions about health and health care. Hear how nearly 30,000 contributors work together to prepare, update, and disseminate Cochrane Reviews – and learn how you can join us!

Conducting Systematic Reviews of Complex Interventions
When: 22 May (full day)
Where: Oxford, UK

This workshop is aimed at Cochrane Review Authors from any Cochrane Review Group who are undertaking reviews of complex interventions using experimental treatments and quasi experimental designs including cluster randomised, controlled before and after studies and interrupted time series.

Webinar: Cochrane 101: an introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration
When: 6 June, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

Who was Cochrane? What is the Collaboration? And what are systematic reviews? Come learn about an international network that helps healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates, and care-givers make well-informed decisions about health and health care. Hear how nearly 30,000 contributors work together to prepare, update, and disseminate Cochrane Reviews – and learn how you can join us!

Webinar: the steps of a Cochrane Review: an overview
When: 13 June
Where: Online

What makes Cochrane Reviews different from other systematic reviews? Who – and what – is involved in the process? We will introduce you to the steps of a Cochrane Review and give you some practical tips for getting a review underway.

Methodological developments in advanced bibliographic searching and assessing research impact
When: 16 June
Coex Convention Center, Seoul, South Korea

The Information Resources Group (IRG) workshop provides an opportunity for information specialists and others interested in information retrieval to come together to network and discuss important issues in HTA information management and systematic review work.

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health
When: 19-21 June
UCL Institute of Child Health, University of London, United Kingdom

A 3-day course for health professionals who want to enhance their clinical or research skills, learn more about how to use the best available evidence in their everyday practice and examine evidence underpinning guidelines.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane systematic review
When: 19-21 June
Where: Gold Coast, Australia

This three-day workshop is designed for new authors starting a Cochrane systematic review. A mixture of presentations and hands-on sessions will give you an overview of all the methods required to write your protocol and get started on the review. Day 1 will cover scoping your review, the process of writing a protocol and searching the literature for included studies; Day 2 will cover assessing the risk of bias (critical appraisal) of your included studies, and begin an introduction to meta-analysis, common data types encountered in systematic reviews, and using the Review Manager software package; Day 3 will look at analysis of more complex study designs and data types, exploring and interpreting your results.

Webinar: Let’s start at the very beginning: getting the question right for your Cochrane Review
When: 20 June, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

A strong, clear question gives your Cochrane Review the foundation it needs: it informs your search strategy, narrows your focus, and provides the framework for your team’s work. Join us to learn what sort of questions are answered in Cochrane Reviews. We’ll cover the key components of a good research question and we’ll work through sample questions: you’re invited to share your research topic as an example!

Prognosis Research Course
When: 26-28 June
Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

This 3-day summer school is designed to introduce the key components of prognosis research to health professionals and researchers, including: a framework of
different prognosis research questions (overall prognosis, prognostic factors, prognostic models, and stratified medicine); key principles of study design and methods; interpretation of statistical results about prognosis; the limitations of current prognosis research, and how the field can be improved. The course consists of a mixture of seminars and guest lectures from international experts in the field

Cochrane and related training for January 2013

ClassroomThe following training courses are available in January 2013. Follow the links for more information!

Developing a Cochrane Systematic Review
When: 16-18 January 2013
Where: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

This workshop guides participants through the steps of developing a systematic review and includes presentations about Cochrane Collaboration methodology, hands-on practice using The Cochrane Collaboration’s RevMan software, and a statistics review session. It is limited to Cochrane Review authors who have a registered title, have published a protocol in The Cochrane Library or who have a protocol approved for publication by a Cochrane Review Group.

Participative Research and Policy
When: 16 January 2013
Where: EPPI-Centre, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK

Learn how to involve policymakers, practitioners and service users in doing and using research in this one day course. Participants will critically engage with the latest theories and debates about the relevance and application of research findings for policy, practice and personal decisions. It will be of interest to policy makers, practitioners and personal decision makers wanting to critically analyse research-based evidence in their field.

CASP: Introduction to Critical Appraisal

When: 16 January 2013
Where: Kellogg College, Oxford, UK

Two half day training workshops: Making sense of systematic reviews (09:00-12:30) and Randomised controlled trials (13:30-17:00) are available to help develop the skills needed to make sense of scientific evidence. It is an interactive workshop with “hands on” experience of critically appraising the literature.

Webinar: Supporting Evidence‐Informed Policy-making: The Role of Health Systems Evidence, Stakeholder Dialogues, and Other Initiatives
When: 23 January 2013
Where: Online

A one hour webinar looking at evidence-informed policymaking. It will consider the challenges, and will include information on Health Systems Evidence and stakeholder dialogues informed by evidence briefs. It is presented by Dr. John Lavis, the director of the McMaster Health Forum.

Cochrane Standard Author Training
When: 30 January to 1 February 2013
Where: Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Vancouver, Canada

A three day workshop which teaches the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane Review including: setting your question, literature searching, protocols, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions and a hands on session with the Rev Man software.

Don’t forget to register for the Cochrane UK and Ireland 21st Anniversary Symposium, which will be held in Oxford on 20th and 21st March 2013. Help us celebrate 21 years of Cochrane and look forward to the future of the Collaboration.