About the workshop
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should have the knowledge and skills necessary to:
- plan and carry out a basic systematic review
- understand the appropriate methods for more complex analysis
- interpret the results of a meta-analysis
- accurately communicate the results and interpretation of a review.
Who should attend?
This workshop is intended for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers (epidemiologists, statisticians) with a general interest in the methodology of systematic reviews and for those planning to conduct a systematic review in the future.
The three-day workshop combines a series of short lectures and exercises, led by Institute staff and invited lecturers from Canada and Europe. Extensive handout materials are provided.
- evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews and the Cochrane Collaboration
- literature searches
- study selection
- methodological quality of randomized controlled trials
- combining studies with and without meta-analysis
- reporting of systematic reviews
- systematic reviews of observational studies
- clinical and statistical homogeneity
- best-evidence synthesis
- software for conducting meta-analysis and systematic reviews
- conflicting conclusions from systematic reviews of the same topic
- critical appraisal of systematic reviews
- dissemination, implementation and guidelines.
Note that a final agenda is circulated prior to a workshop.