Introduction to Systematic Reviews of Health Interventions

Introduction to Systematic Reviews of Health Interventions

This short course gives a detailed introduction to the methods involved in conducting a systematic review of an intervention, and enables participants to plan and commence a review of their own.

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Course date

2022 TBC

Course delivery

In person, at:
Monash Public Health
and Preventive Medicine
553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004


$880 incl. GST

10% discount for Students / Monash staff / Monash alumni / Alfred staff / VHA members

Program contact

Phone: +61 3 9903 0289

Terms and Conditions

The course takes a step-by-step approach to the tasks and methods involved in conducting a systematic review to answer a question about the effects of a health-related intervention, from a simple drug treatment to a complex public health or health systems intervention.

A mixture of presentations and hands-on activities are used to introduce participants to major aspects of the review process. Participants are encouraged to identify a topic for a systematic review that they can develop during hands-on sessions.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the purpose and role of systematic reviews in the context of other approaches to evidence synthesis
  • Describe with the general methods and principles required to prepare a systematic review of interventions
  • Identify the key concepts of systematic reviews, as described in the Cochrane Handbook, such as question formulation, risk of bias, synthesis and interpreting findings
  • Be able to draft a protocol for a systematic review

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone thinking about conducting a systematic review of a health intervention. The course is presented by Cochrane Australia, and is based on training provided for authors of Cochrane systematic reviews.

Please note that the course does not cover methods for systematic reviews of non-intervention questions such as prevalence, aetiology, risk factors, diagnostic test accuracy or prognosis.


Day 1  Day 2
  • Choosing the right review type
  • Defining review questions
  • Searching and selecting studies
  • Assessing the risk of bias
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Synthesis using meta-analysis
  • Assessing heterogeneity
  • Interpreting results and drawing conclusions

Course facilitators

Scholar testimonials

Well-paced delivery and extremely knowledgeable presenters who obviously have heaps of experience. Their ability to distil complex ideas into easily digestable ideas was fantastic.
Had my first "a-ha!" moment with meta-analysis – feels demystified for the first time.
Very well structured, comprehensive, and engagingly delivered. Thanks!

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