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‘How to Undertake a Systematic Review’ (2 day course)

‘How to Undertake a Systematic Review’ (2 day course)

SCPHRPs Dr Ruth Jepson will be running a two day course ‘How to Undertake a Systematic Review organised by Edinburgh WTCRF, Education Programme on Monday 19th March and Tuesday 20th March.

Day 1. An introduction to systematic reviews

The day will include the following topics:
What are systematic reviews and why are they important?
Different types of systematic reviews (e.g. of qualitative and quantitative studies)
Building blocks of a systematic review
i) how to develop a review question
ii) how to develop inclusion and exclusion criteria
iii) how to develop a search strategy
iv) applying inclusion and exclusion criteria
v) quality appraisal
vi) data extraction and recording processes
The day will be a mix of lectures (knowledge building) and group work (skill building)

Day 2. Analysing studies for a systematic review


Analysing quantitative studies (randomised controlled trials) [non-experimental designs are not included in this course]
This is a basic level course, and not intended to give in-depth statistical advice or teaching. It is more of an overview of the range of techniques, and when to use them.
Introduction to analytical methods for quantitative experimental studies (i.e. RCTs, quasi-RCTs, controlled studies)
Understanding and dealing with heterogeneity
Subgroup analysis
Narrative analysis
Drawing conclusions
Making recommendations for research and practice.

Afternoon session:

Analysis of qualitative studies (e.g. focus group and interview studies)
The aim of this session is to introduce two of the main analytical techniques used in synthesising qualitative studies (thematic analysis and meta-ethnography). Both are relatively technical so this will be an overview session rather than providing everyskill neeeded to perform such an analysis. However, participants will have an opportunity to undertake a thematic analysis.
Introduction to qualitative synthesis
Thematic synthesis: what is it and how to do it
Meta-ethnography: what it is and how to do it
Quality appraisal of qualitative studies
Drawing conclusions
Making recommendations for research and practice.
For further information and to book a place please go to How to Undertake a Systematic Review (2 Day course)



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