This course is designed for clinicians, researchers, public health specialists and other health care professionals who want to perform and/or evaluate systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The course predominantly focuses on systematic reviews of healthcare interventions, although much of the material translates to systematic reviews in other areas. Sessions examine issues in systematic reviews and meta-analyses of observational studies, network meta-analysis and diagnostic test accuracy.
Course aims and objectives
By the end of the course participants should be able to:
- explain the need for systematic reviews and meta-analyses;
- list the important aspects of a systematic review;
- perform a comprehensive search for relevant literature;
- appreciate the role of tools to assess risk of bias, including their application to randomised controlled trials;
- explain the basic methods of meta-analysis;
- use Stata software to perform meta-analysis;
- describe issues in conducting systematic reviews of observational studies;
- summarise the findings of a systematic review or meta-analysis;
- evaluate the quality of a systematic review.
12 - 15 December 2017
12 - 15 June 2018.
Venue: Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol
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