Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis, Birzeit University, 2017

This workshop takes a step-by-step approach to the practical tasks of conducting and reporting a new Systematic Review to answer a question about the effects of an intervention. This course will focus on the practicalities rather than the theory.

The workshop is organized by the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University

Venue: Amman, Jordan.

Dates: 22 – 23 May 2017 (9.00 AM to 5.00 PM).

Chair: Prof. Ashraf Nabhan  
  Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ain Shams University
  Editor, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth

The overall aims are to enable attendees to;

  1. Formulate a clear question for a systematic review and understand their key motivations for doing the review
  2. Specify the eligibility criteria for a systematic review
  3. Develop a search strategy for a systematic review
  4. Prepare a quality appraisal and data extraction form for a systematic review
  5. Identify, describe and discuss sources of heterogeneity among the studies in a systematic review
  6. Develop a statistical analysis plan for a systematic review
  7. Conduct, report and update a systematic review
  8. Use this knowledge to assess the quality of systematic reviews done by others

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Formulating the question for your systematic review
  2. Determining the eligibility criteria
  3. Study identification
  4. Data extraction
  5. Assessing trial quality
  6. Statistical analyses
  7. Heterogeneity
  8. Subgroup analyses
  9. Reporting and updating of systematic reviews

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