ScHARR Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis

3 day course: Tuesday, 27th - Thursday, 29th April 2021

The aim of this three-day course is to provide participants with an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis in health care.

Sessions will be delivered by ScHARR staff experienced in systematic review methods and health technology assessment. The course will be interactive and practical, with delivery of sessions based on lectures and individual and small group practical exercises.

Who will benefit from the course?

The course is suitable for researchers who require an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews in health care, and professionals who need to develop the ability to interpret and asses the quality of systematic reviews. The course is also suitable for:

  • Clinicians wanting to undertake their own systematic review
  • PhD students with a significant review component to their thesis
  • Members of academic systematic review teams
  • Pharmaceutical companies and consultancies requiring an understanding of review methods

No previous knowledge of systematic reviews or meta-analysis is assumed.

This course is relevant to anyone involved in systematic reviews. If you are specifically interested in qualitative evidence synthesis only, please see our ESQUIRE course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • identify the key stages of the systematic review process
  • define a review question and understand how to develop a review protocol
  • describe methods for identifying sources of evidence for systematic reviews
  • develop a search strategy to identify relevant studies for a specific review question and understand how to conduct a literature search
  • apply inclusion criteria to identify relevant studies
  • undertake critical appraisal of evidence using standardised quality checklists
  • develop a data extraction form and extract relevant outcomes from reported studies
  • select appropriate methods of evidence synthesis and be able to describe and summarise key results
  • be familiar with statistical methods for analysis of quantitative data
  • explore the use of meta-analysis in data synthesis using computer software (RevMan)
  • understand potential sources of heterogeneity between included studies
  • be familiar with good practice in reporting of systematic reviews
  • critically appraise a systematic review.

Faculty

Dates and times

3-day course: Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 April 2021

  • Day 1 - 9am - 5.30pm followed by course evening dinner at approximately 7pm (no additional cost)
  • Day 2 - 9am - 5pm
  • Day 3 - 9am - 3pm
Fees

£999 - Early Bird Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 27th January 2021

£1099 - Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 13th April 2021 or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 13th April 2021 or when the course reaches capacity, whichever is the earliest.

This course generally reaches full capacity before the closing date, so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of four or more people on to the same course. Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place through the Online Store, all group bookings should be directed to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

The course fee includes refreshments and lunch provided on both days, plus a course evening dinner that takes place on the first evening.

NB: Accommodation is NOT included in the course fees, but we do have a preferential rate at the host venue Halifax Hall of £70 per night and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall. Details of this are provided in your automated confirmation email, upon receipt of your booking.

Booking and payment

Provisional bookings are now being taken for this course, please forward your details to Karen Holden, at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

All our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment or purchase order (for payments via invoice) will be required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit Card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the Purchase Order is received at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

If you have any queries regarding our booking process, fees or booking your accommodation, then please do not hesitate to contact us

Course Materials and Equipment

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date.  Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.

Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Delegates are asked to provide their own laptop to use for the duration of the course.  If you are unable to do so, please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk, to discuss.  Please ensure that your laptop is fully charged prior to the start of the course.

We also advise to bring a computer mouse wherever possible, as this will make the practical sessions easier to navigate.  If you are unable to provide your own USB Mouse, we do have a small supply we are able to loan to delegates for the duration of the course.  Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to reserve your loan USB Mouse.

Venue

Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Rd
Sheffield
S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 114 222 8810

Accommodation

The course fee includes refreshments and lunch on both days, plus a course evening dinner that takes place on the first evening.

NB: Accommodation is NOT included in the course fees, but we do have a preferential rate at the host venue Halifax Hall of £70 per night and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, for all of our delegates. Details of this are provided in your autmoated confirmation email, upon receipt of your booking.

Contact

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020