Cochrane and related training for November and December 2013

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The following workshops are available in November and December. Follow the links for more information…

Cochrane Standard Author Training Course
Where: Vancouver, Canada
When: 4-6 November 2013

A three day course which will give the basics skills to conduct a Cochrane systematic 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.

GRADE – From Medical Studies To Guidelines
Where: Austrian Cochrane Centre, Krems, Austria
When: 5-6 November 2013

Participants will get introduced to the GRADE-profiler, a special software and tool for assessing the quality of medical studies. Selected leading specialists as well as academic staff of the Department for Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology will act as presenters throughout the whole workshop.

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health
Where: Centre for Evidence-Based Child Health, London, UK
When: 6-8 November 2013

The course introduces health professionals to the skills required for Evidence-based Practice including: framing answerable questions from practice or policy problems, finding the best available evidence to answer the question, critically appraising research for its validity and usefulness and incorporating the findings into decisions. The course involves a mix of interactive plenary and facilitated small group sessions, combined with training in searching and support for self-directed searching. Key features are an emphasis on multi professional groups and a high tutor-participant ratio.

Review completion workshop
Where: Australasian Cochrane Centre, Melbourne, Australia
When: 11-15 November 2013

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.

Indirect and Mixed Treatment Comparisons
Where: York, UK
When: 13 November 2013

This new training course provides an introduction to indirect and mixed treatment comparisons for project managers, research commissioners and others new to these techniques, who are seeking a better understanding of how to plan, commission and assess such comparisons. The trainers are experienced statisticians, modellers and researchers, who have conducted a range of indirect and mixed treatment comparisons to inform reimbursement decisions and global economic models.

Webinar: Assessing Risk of Bias
Where: Online
When: 15 November 2013, 12pm-1pm (UTC+1)

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. Most sessions last around an hour, and cover topics from the basics of planning a review, to advanced methods.

Making an Economic Case for Service Redesign in the NHS
Where: York, UK
When: 19 November 2013

This one-day course is aimed at NHS commissioners and providers who need to understand how to make an economic case for change. The training day aims to provide an understanding of how the NHS tariff system works and will outline a simple modelling approach to examine the impact of service change from the provider and commissioner perspective. The course will also outline how returns on investment can be forecast and how the results can be used in business cases.

CASP UK: Introduction to Critical Appraisal & Train the Trainer
Where: Oxford, UK
When: 27-29 November 2013

This 3 day training event is a shortened, more intense version of CASP UK’s International Training Week. Including an introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care (Covering study designs & the critical appraisal of Randomised Controlled Trials & Systematic Reviews) followed ‘Training the Trainer’ (TtT) workshops. The broad aim of the TtT days are designed to help participants develop the competence and confidence to teach critical appraisal skills and run a CASP-style workshop.

Webinar: Qualitative evidence synthesis and Cochrane Reviews
Where: Online
When: 28 November 2013, 12pm – 1pm (America/Toronto)

This webinar will explore when to consider undertaking a synthesis of qualitative evidence, some frequently used methods and examples of  developing  methods for synthesising qualitative evidence and approaches for integrating qualitative and quantitative findings.

Systematic Review Course Part I: Writing a protocol
Where: Leuven, Belgium
When: 29 November 2013

A basic course for those wishing to conduct a Cochrane or a Campbell systematic review. Topics covered include: formulating your question, writing the protocol, heterogeneity, searching for studies and next steps.

Cochrane Standard Author Training Workshop
Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When: 2-4 December 2013

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.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia
When: 4-6 December 2013

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.

Cochrane Standard Author Training
Where: Cairo, Egypt
When: 4-5 December 2013

A workshop designed to teach the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane systematic review. Topics include: protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions, and a session with the Review Manager software.

Overviews of reviews – what they are, what they aren’t, and how and when to do one
Where: Online
When: 5 December 2013, 12pm-1pm (America/Toronto)

In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Hartling and Denise Thomson from the Child Health Field will cover the process for conducting an overview: defining a viable topic, assembling the author team and managing the scope.

Developing a Protocol for a Cochrane Systematic Review
Where: Penang Medical College, Penang, Malaysia
When: 9-11 December 2013

This is a three-day course. It 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. This workshop also covers formulating clinical questions, locating studies, appraising risk of bias and writing the methods section of a protocol.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane Review
Where: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
When: 11-12 December 2013

This two-day workshop is suitable for authors who are either new to systematic reviews or need a refresher on the methods of doing a Cochrane review. A mixture of presentations and hands-on sessions will give you an overview of the methods required to write your protocol and get started on the review.

Cochrane training for September and October 2013

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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 ClinicalTrials.gov 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.

GRADE Webinar Series

GRADEAre you an author of a Cochrane review? Do you have a question about the GRADE approach to systematic reviews?

The GRADE working group and the Cochrane Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group (ARMG) have set up a series of webinars to answer any kind of questions about the GRADE approach.

These monthly webinars began in February 2013 and are being recorded on Elluminate (tech support kindly provided by the PAHO).

If you have any questions about the GRADE system you are welcome to send it to: chairceb@mcmaster.ca with the subject line “Question for GRADE and Cochrane ARMG webinar”.

The next webinar in the series will take place on 14 March 2013 at 12.00 EST (5pm GMT).

Check the GRADE working group website for details, and you can follow the Grade Working Group on Facebook and Twitter.

Previous webinars in the series are available now via Blackboard Collaborate.