Join us June 5-9, 2023

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.

Course Audience

  • Researchers including clinical researchers, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, public health researchers, and clinical practice guideline developers.
  • Clinicians interested in conducting evidence synthesis research.
  • Users of the scientific literature, including clinicians, policymakers, public health professionals and others.

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Plan the conduct of a systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions using current methodological standards.
  2. Apply state-of-the-art methods to identify, select, appraise, and synthesize the evidence addressing a question of therapy.
  3. Describe the key elements of reporting and strategies used for the successful publication of a high-quality systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions.

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