Developing a better understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis
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
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 8th June 2018. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
This module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).
Accommodation may be available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.
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Short Course in Health Sciences: £2195.00
Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1795.00
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
If you are an employee of the University of Oxford and have a valid University staff card you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on the full stand-alone fee. To take advantages of this offer please submit a scan/photocopy of your staff card along with your application. Your card should be valid for a further six months after attending the course.
Kamal Mahtani is a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Deputy Director at The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.
Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.
Those wishing to take the course for credit. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 80% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.
- attendance at five full days of teaching by world renowned experts in evidence-based health care at the University of Oxford.
- access to a dedicated online virtual learning environment prior to and during the five taught days
- access to pre-course reading materials
Applicants registering as "Attendance Only" are not eligible to undertake the academic assignment offered to students on award-bearing programmes of study and will not have access to the University library resources, other than those provided by the Department for Continuing Education. Applicants cannot receive CAT (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points or equivalence. Credit cannot be attributed retrospectively. CAT accreditation is required if you wish for the module to count towards a further qualification in the future.
To participate fully in this course all attendees are expected to hold a first degree in a health related subject and at least two years professional work experience in health care.
A Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course.
“Attendance Only" applicants who subsequently wish to register for academic credit and complete the assignment are required to submit additional information, which must be received 1 calendar month in advance of the module start date. Please contact us for more information.
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To apply for the course you should:
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
- 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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