Course Detail

RD029 - Basics of systematic reviewing (2-day course)

Audience: Postgraduate Research students and Research Staff from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Requirements
- Basic knowledge of systematic review concept (as outlined in a course RD119)
- Account with Medline and Embase
- It is also advisable to come to the session with your research question in mind

This two-day course aims to introduce attendees to the theory and skills required to conduct a systematic review of the medical/health care literature.

On Day 1
- We will recap the basic principles of systematic reviewing including structuring research question according to PICO format;
- Show what to watch out for when developing a protocol of a systematic review, and
- How to develop and execute the search strategy in the main electronic databases

On Day 2:
- We will start by going back to our search result, learn about available tools to manage your references and review, and gain a hands on experience of exporting references from electronic database to reference software;
- Show you how to go about the development of data extraction sheet, and
- The day will end with an overview of data synthesis methods.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the different between systematic reviews, narrative reviews and meta-analysis
- Prepare a good quality protocol of a systematic review
- Run a literature search within an electronic database
- Export the results of the electronic search into a reference database
- Design a data extraction sheet
- How to assess quality of included studies
- Understand the different analysis methods available

Please note, the course will not specifically cover how to conduct a meta-analysis but will instead introduce the learner to the different analysis methods available. The concept of meta-analysis and methods available to perform it are being covered by a separate course on “Introduction to meta-analysis”.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the different between systematic reviews, narrative reviews and meta-analysis
  • Prepare a good quality protocol of a systematic review
  • Run a literature search within an electronic database and export the results of the electronic search into a reference database
  • Design a data extraction sheet
  • Know how to assess quality of included studies and understand the different analysis methods available

Provided by: Researcher Development

Details

Day 1

Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018

Venue: Garrod Building 2.36, W, Garrod Building, Whitechapel

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


Day 2

Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018

Venue: Garrod Bldg G.18 ICT Suite, W, Garrod Building G.18 ICT Suite, Whitechapel

Time: 14:00 - 17:00


Day 3

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018

Venue: Garrod Bldg G.18 ICT Suite, W, Garrod Building G.18 ICT Suite, Whitechapel

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


Day 4

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018

Venue: Garrod Building 2.36, W, Garrod Building, Whitechapel

Time: 14:00 - 17:00


Tutors

  • Dr V Bird
  • Dr E Rogozinska