Developing a better understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis
This module will be a compulsory module of the MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews and an optional module for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. It will also be open to stand-alone applicants where places remain available.
Let us know if you are interested in taking this module and we will inform you of the course dates in 2017 and 2018 when these are confirmed.
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis play a major part in contributing to the pool of best available evidence in healthcare. Moreover, their results underpin national and international guidance. Because of their importance, evidence synthesis methodology continues to evolve.
This module will focus on providing an understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis, and their methods, with a particular focus on complex reviews. Such reviews include diagnostic test accuracy reviews, clinical study reports, individual participant data (IPD), reviews of non-randomised data, and qualitative reviews. Students attending this course will gain insight into some of these more complex forms of evidence synthesis, as well as explore emerging forms of synthesis and learn how to incorporate these methods into a review protocol.
A basic understanding of systematic reviews is advantageous, but not essential.
Aims of the module
By the end of the course the aim is that students will be able to :
Recognise the need for the broader forms of evidence synthesis in healthcare
Develop the skills needed to develop more advanced search strategies
Understand the methods needed to conduct diagnostic test accuracy reviews
Recognise the need and value of individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis
Be familiar with clinical study reports, regulatory data and the challenges of conducting reviews of such data
Understand the methods involved with conducting reviews of non randomised data
Become familiar with qualitative and mixed methods reviews
Explore further emerging forms of evidence synthesis
To book onto this course please visit the module webpage.
The Programme is delivered in conjunction with Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and is supported by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.