Summer 2024 Systematic Review Workshop


9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Institute for Work & Health
400 University Avenue, 18th floor
Toronto, Ontario

About the workshop

Upon completion of this 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.

Workshop format

The two-day in-person workshop combines a series of short lectures and exercises, led by Institute staff. Extensive handout materials are provided.

Topics covered

The workshop will address the following topics:

  • 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.

Note that a final agenda will be circulated prior to the workshop.



Registration fees are as follows:

Professional            $   1000
Student/trainee*      $   300

* Proof of enrolment in a graduate or post-graduate program or post-doctoral fellowship is required.

Receipts will be provided upon request.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations received by the Institute for Work & Health in writing (by email or fax) before the registration deadline, refunds will be made, less a $50 administrative fee. For cancellations received in writing after the registration deadline, refunds will be made, less a $250 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop organizers reserve the right to alter the program or speakers if circumstances so dictate.