Systematic Review Workshop

IWH offers its Systematic Review Workshop about once a year, usually in the spring or fall. Running since 2001, the workshop is designed to teach participants how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review.

About the workshop

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.

Workshop format

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

Topics covered

  • evidence-based medicine and evidence synthesis
  • 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
  • conflicting conclusions from systematic reviews of the same topic
  • critical appraisal of systematic reviews
  • dissemination and implementation.

Note that a final agenda is circulated prior to a workshop.

About the instructors

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Andrea Furlan, MD, PhD, is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, as well as a physician with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Physiatry at the University of Toronto, and a co-ordinating editor of Cochrane Back and Neck. She is the author of a number of systematic reviews of observational studies and randomized trials in the field of low-back pain and chronic pain.

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Dwayne Van Eerd, PhD, is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. Recently, he has led or participated in a number of systematic reviews of the scientific literature addressing the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and addressing mental health in the workplace. He is also interested in the practice of knowledge transfer and exchange.

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Emma Irvin, BA, is the director of research operations at the Institute for Work & Health, where she oversees the Evidence Synthesis Program, one of the Institute's key research programs. She also has an adjunct appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the methodology and conduct of literature reviews, from scoping to systematic. She teaches systematic review methods in a number of forums.

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Maggie Tiong, BA, holds the position of Manager, Library Services. She was previously an information specialist working with Cochrane Back and Neck (CBN), a Cochrane Canada review group housed at IWH.



Registration fees for in-person workshop are as follows: 

Professional            $500 per day
Student/trainee*      $150 per day

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

The fees cover all handouts and training materials. Fees also cover the cost of breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation.

Receipts will be provided upon payment. Course attendance is limited to 20. Registrations are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, email:

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.

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