Upcoming Cochrane and related training

If you’re looking for some training in systematic review methodology or health services research over the summer, here are some dates for your diary. Click on the links to find out more!

Early economic modelling to inform clinical trial design and other decisions
Where: York, UK
When: 3 July

Economic evaluations are increasingly used as tools to inform decision-makers about the cost-effectiveness of health technologies. Such evaluations are often undertaken during the late stages of the technology development (i.e. around the time of product launch or, in some cases, post-launch). However, there is an increasing need for the manufacturers of the technology to appraise the likely cost-effectiveness of the intervention before making decisions on price and indication, as well as to inform the development of clinical trials. The purposes of early economic modelling is to allow the user to determine the relative importance of different parameter inputs, in order to inform decisions on pricing, target populations and prioritisation of further research.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 4-6 July 2018

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.

Health utilities for economic models
Where: York, UK
When: 4 July

Cost-utility analysis is a requirement for NICE health technology appraisals and is being increasingly used in other contexts and countries. Health utilities, a crucial component of cost-utility analysis, capture the relative change in health-related quality of life resulting from a treatment. As such, health utility can be a key driver of the cost-effectiveness ratio. Obtaining health utility values that are suitable for your economic evaluation, however, may not always be straight forward. This one-day training course, organised by 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.

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Penang, Malaysia
When: 6-8 August 2018

The three-day workshop begins with an introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration 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 the of methods section of a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Brisbane, Australia
When: 8-10 August 2018

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.

Identifying evidence for NICE economic submissions
Where: York, UK
When: 5 September 2018

Health economics evidence is a key element in much health services research and particularly in health technology assessments. Identifying economic evidence to inform such research can involve searches in a range of databases and using a variety of strategies. This study day, organised by YHEC, will include a ‘jargon buster’ session on the basics of health economics and economic models. It will also feature presentations about key economics information resources including the CEA Registry, and explorations of options for searching to identify data for economic models. With the closure of key economic evaluation databases (NHS EED and HEED) we will be focusing on how to identify economic evaluations from major bibliographic databases. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

Understanding and critiquing health economics models
Where: York, UK
When: 13 September 2018

This training day, organised by YHEC, aims to provide the participant with a sufficient grounding to effectively critique and validate models. The training day will be particularly useful to those people who commission health economic models, or use models to help make decisions. As well as discussing the strengths and uses of economic modelling, the training day will also explore the limitations and constraints of different approaches and will explore a number of commonly-observed errors in models. Please note that this training day has not been designed to teach delegates how to build models; instead, the course is aimed at those who will review or depend on models built by other researchers.

How to prepare a Cochrane systematic review: practical and methodological issues
Where: Umea, Sweden
When: 20 September 2018

The aim of this workshop, organised by Cochrane Sweden, is to facilitate participants in understanding how Cochrane reviews are structured and to show how to get involved in their preparation. The rationale behind and the main characteristics of a Cochrane protocol will be discussed briefly at the workshop. Cochrane relevant resources such Revman and Covidence will be presented. Deadline for registration is September 1st. The workshop is free of charge, open to everyone and held in English.