Systematic reviews of Interventions, August 2015

Solving the problems of your own systematic review and meta-analysis with peers Apply NOW The workshop will focus on the practicalities of conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis. It will use a problem-based learning approach in which each group of participants brings a specific topic for a systematic review to discuss, justify, revise and conduct. Mentor: … Continue reading Systematic reviews of Interventions, August 2015


Cochrane Profile: Ashraf Nabhan

The ninth in the Cochrane20 Video Series introduces the third Cochrane Profile, focusing on the experiences of individual Cochrane contributors. This video presents Ashraf Nabhan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Cochrane author from Cairo, Egypt, discussing what motivates him to use evidence in his medical practice and teaching, and his experience of being part … Continue reading Cochrane Profile: Ashraf Nabhan

Best Knowledge for Best Practice

Venue: Training & Education Enhancement Center, Ain Shams University Hospitals Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:00 to 15:00 Registration: Free Open Invitation Registration form: Please complete and submit the registration form here to allow us to prepare your personal scientific material and arrange for your coffee break during the workshops on Wednesday, 5 December 2012. Submitting the … Continue reading Best Knowledge for Best Practice

Individual Patient Meta-Analysis

Workshop Title: Individual Patient Meta-Analysis Workshop moderator: Ashraf Fawzy Nabhan Workshop format: Quiz game Venue: Fairmont Hotel Date: Thursday May 31, 2012 - at 3:30 pm Background In all systematic reviews, the evidence being brought together for a particular intervention needs to be as free from bias and as reliable as possible. This is why most reviews of … Continue reading Individual Patient Meta-Analysis

The Forest Plot

A graphical representation of the individual results of each study included in a meta-analysis together with the combined meta-analysis result. The plot also allows readers to see the heterogeneity among the results of the studies. The results of individual studies are shown as squares centred on each study’s point estimate. A horizontal line runs through … Continue reading The Forest Plot

Fixed- vs Random-effects models in meta-analysis

The selection of a model should be based on the nature of the studies and our goals. The fixed effect model makes sense if (a) there is reason to believe that all the studies are functionally identical, and (b) our goal is to compute the common effect size, which would then be generalized to other … Continue reading Fixed- vs Random-effects models in meta-analysis

Utilizing the results of DTA studies

Clinical questions regarding the diagnosis of disease is a challenge in the era of EBM because of the challenge to understand and apply the results of DTA studies. Currently, The Likelihood Ratio (LR) is used to assess how good a diagnostic test is and to help in selecting an appropriate diagnostic test(s) or sequence of … Continue reading Utilizing the results of DTA studies