Writing a protocol for a Cochrane Systematic Review: Athens, Greece

This is the 5th workshop organized in Athens, Greece by members (authors and editors) of the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group, and the Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Group, based in Greece and Cyprus.

This two-day interactive course is aimed at clinicians, researchers, public health specialists and other healthcare professionals.The level of expertise required is basic and intermediate. It is best suited to authors who have already obtained a registered title and to authors who want to identify a proper one. The objective of the workshop is to introduce to participants and/or expand their knowledge on the most important step needed to initiate a Cochrane Review as well as to increase their understanding of the methods used for formulating a protocol. Cochrane's recommended tools and modules for writing a protocol will be introduced and all individual domains will be described explicitly and presented through examples of recent Cochrane Reviews published by authors.

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

• Understand the meaning, the importance of the existence and the appropriate initiation of a protocol in reports, systematic reviews and guidelines
• Recognize the importance of Cochrane Protocols
• Identify the eligibility criteria for considering studies to be included in a Cochrane Review
• Identify the information that should be included in the background of a Cochrane Review
• Recognize the key components of a well-written objective
• Recognize the structure of a protocol
• Understand the rationale behind a review question
• Identify the objective of a review and the importance of this section in the protocol
• Address a well-structured and specific review question
• Become familiar with the “summary of findings table”
• Become familiar with using RevMan
• Understand the basic principles behind the GRADE approach and the 4 levels of quality of evidence
• Interpret the results and draw conclusions.

Venue: Research and Training Center “AKISA”, University Hospital Attikon, Athens, Greece.

For information and registration, please contact evivogiatzi@gmail.com
Any queries, please email harrysiris@gmail.com