The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has been offering systematic review workshops since 2001. The workshops are designed to teach participants how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review.
Upon completion of a workshop, participants should have the knowledge and skills necessary to:
- plan and carry out a basic systematic review
- understand the appropriate methods for more complex analysis
- interpret the results of a meta-analysis
- accurately communicate the results and interpretation of a review.
Who should attend?
This workshop is intended for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers (epidemiologists, statisticians) with a general interest in the methodology of systematic reviews and for those planning to conduct a systematic review in the future.
The three-day workshop combines a series of short lectures and exercises, led by Institute staff and invited lecturers from Canada and Europe. Extensive handout materials are provided.
- Evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews and the Cochrane Collaboration
- Literature searches
- Study selection
- Methodological quality of randomized controlled trials
- Combining studies with and without meta-analysis
- Reporting of systematic reviews
- Systematic reviews of observational studies
- Clinical and statistical homogeneity
- Best-evidence synthesis
- Software for conducting meta-analysis and systematic reviews
- Conflicting conclusions from systematic reviews of the same topic
- Critical appraisal of systematic reviews
- Dissemination, implementation and guidelines