Solving the problems of your own systematic review with peers
This module will take students through the process of doing a systematic review. It will focus on the practicalities, and build on 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.
This 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 reviews 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 last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 3rd May 2024. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
This course will take the participants through the process of doing a systematic review and will focus on the practicalities rather than the theory.
The overall aims of this module are to enable students 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
The course will cover the following topics:
- Formulating the question for your systematic review
- Determining the eligibility criteria
- Study identification
- Data extraction
- Assessing study quality
- Statistical analyses
- Heterogeneity, subgroup and sensitivity analyses
- Reporting and updating of systematic reviews
- Where to get help in the future
This module gives an overview of systematic review methods that can be applied to a range of different review types, including providing a brief overview of meta-analysis. We also have the following courses, which provide more depth and detail on specific methodological issues associated with particular review types:
Comments from previous participants:
"Excellent style of teaching, which is engaging and interactive and incorporates individuals' systematic reviews, through discussion, detailed explanation and thoughtful interactions."