Introductory course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses presented by The Knowledge Translation Program and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dec 16,2018 | Consortium_staff Training Opportunities

Dates: January 7 to April 5, 2019
Instructors: Drs. Andrea C. Tricco & Sharon Straus
Cost: $1,800 CAD (If affiliated with our SPOR Evidence Alliance, it is freely available)

This is an introductory course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses and will be delivered online. It is co-taught by Andrea Tricco (MSc, PhD) and Sharon Straus (MD, MSc). The overall course objective is to teach about systematic reviews in general, as well as how to conduct a systematic review. This information will be used by the students to prepare a protocol for a systematic review on the topic of their choice, with guidance from the course instructors.

The course will cover 18 modules in total. Each module consists of a video presentation, mandatory readings, optional readings, and a mandatory quiz. It is recommended that each student conduct a systematic review while taking the course. In addition, there are two assignments related to developing a systematic review question and protocol.

The students will have approximately 3 months to complete the course and the course instructors will provide high-level methodological support for the review, including a consultation with an experienced librarian and a consultation with an experienced biostatistician (if meta-analysis is being considered) upon reasonable request.

Topics include…

  • How to formulate a review question
  • How to develop a review protocol
  • How to abstract data
  • How to appraise the quality of studies
  • How to perform a meta-analysis

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate systematic reviews from other types of reviews, including qualitative reviews
  • Identify which organizations conduct systematic reviews
  • Discern individuals who can be involved with doing a systematic review
  • Distinguish between different types of evidence that can be summarized in a systematic review
  • Develop a systematic review question
  • Establish the eligibility criteria for a systematic review
  • Create a systematic review protocol

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