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.

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.

Course outline

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.

Topics covered:

Getting started with a systematic review
Defining your review question
Searching for studies
Selecting studies
Planning a trial
Assessing the risk of bias
Collecting data
Analysing dichotomous outcomes
Analysing continuous outcomes
Introduction to meta-analysis
Interpreting results and drawing conclusions

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.

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