University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
In the age of digital information overload, clinicians are faced with a daily influx of information to parse through. It becomes an impossible task to read every new study in their field, make sense of the results, and apply the findings to patient care. Evidence summaries called systematic reviews have become the cornerstone to informing clinical practice and policy and are considered the gold standard for identifying, selecting, appraising, and synthesizing research evidence into digestible and usable formats for end-users – including patients, clinicians, policy-makers, guideline development groups, and researchers.
Many published systematic reviews fail to meet key methodological standards, and therefore, the trustworthiness of their results is questionable. Conducting a trustworthy systematic review requires an understanding of statistical and methodological concepts. This course will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to properly conduct a systematic review of intervention studies (Randomized controlled trials) informed by the Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) standards and other essential methodological documents.
This five-day in-person course includes lectures and hands-on components. Attendees will learn the key steps and pitfalls when conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis, gain hands-on experience using software packages to carry out these steps, and become familiar with the essential features of the reporting and publishing of systematic reviews.