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|Dates||Wed 5 to Tue 11 Mar 2014|
|Application status||Course Full|
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OverviewThis module will take the participants through the process of doing a systematic review, emphasising how and why this qualifies as scientific research. It will focus on the practicalities rather than the theory, which will have been taught in the introductory modules. The module will use a problem-based learning approach in which each participant brings a specific topic for a systematic review to discuss, justify and revise during the module. It will stress the importance of choosing the correct study design to answer the question posed by the systematic review and will, therefore, not be restricted to systematic reviews of randomized trials.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is Wednesday 19th February 2014. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
DescriptionThis module is relevant both to people who will conduct systematic reviews and to those who will use knowledge from the ever-increasing number of systematic review being done by others. It does this by providing participants with a thorough understanding of the systematic reviews process, and how decisions made during the systematic review may have influenced its quality and relevance.
The Randomized Controlled Trials and the Systematic Reviews modules are both led by Mike Clarke who is Director of the All Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at Queen’s University Belfast and Adjunct Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin.
This course will take the participants through the process of doing a systematic review and will focus on the practicalities rather than the theory. It will consider the practical aspects of:
- Question formulation
- Study identification
- Appraisal of quality
- Data extraction and collection
- Statistical synthesis
The course will follow a problem based learning approach.
In the first session, each participant will be asked to identify the question for the particular systematic review of health care interventions that they would like to discuss during the course. They will also be asked to highlight any particular challenges that they anticipate with working on this review.
The issues to be tackled in most detail in the other nine sessions will be determined through discussion within the group. There are no plans for formal lectures but suitably experienced co-Teaching Staff will be identified and invited to participate in sessions if the need arises.
The course will cover the following topics:
- Formulating the question for your systematic review
- Determining the eligibility criteria
- Study identification
- Data extraction
- Assessing trial quality
- Statistical analyses
- Subgroup analyses
- Reporting and updating of systematic reviews
- Where to get help in the future
Professor Mike Clarke
Role: Module Coordinator
Course aimsBy the end of this module students will be able to:
- Formulate a clear question for a systematic review and understand their key motivations for doing the review
- Specify the eligibility criteria for a systematic review
- Develop a search strategy for a systematic review
- Prepare a quality appraisal and data extraction form for a systematic review
- Identify, describe and discuss sources of heterogeneity among the studies in a systematic review
- Develop a statistical analysis plan for a systematic review
- Conduct, report and update a systematic review
- Use this knowledge to assess the quality of systematic reviews done by others
Assessment methodsAssessment will be based on submission of two written assignments which should each not exceed 1,500 words.
Level and demandsThis course focuses on the practice, more than the theory, of systematic reviews. It tackles practical issues that are often encountered in such research.
The course will be of most benefit to someone planning to do a review in the near future; but should also be useful to anyone who may do a review or wants to find out more about how to interpret reviews done by others.
Some knowledge about evidence-based health care and systematic reviews would be helpful, but is by no means essential.
Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford.
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
- Programme Fee
- Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1575.00
- Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1575.00
- Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1575.00
- Short course in health sciences: £2070.00
Apply for this course
To apply for the course you should:
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
- identify a work based problem for which you will be seeking evidence
- be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
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