ScHARR Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis Short Course

3 day course:  Tuesday, 4th - Thursday, 6th April 2017


3-day course: Tuesday,  4th - Thursday, 6th April 2017


TBC - Day 1 - 9am - 5.30pm then a course evening dinner at approximately 7pm
TBC - Day 2 - 9am - 5pm
TBC - Day 3 - 9am - 3pm


£999 - Early Bird Fee for confirmed received on or before Sunday, 5th February 2017

£1099 - Standard Fee for confirmed bookings received on or after Monday, 6th February 2017

Booking and Payment

Bookings are now being accepted.  All our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit Card or PayPal is accepted).

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Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.

Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 (0)114 222 8810


Accommodation is not included in the course fee.  If you require accommodation for the course, we have a preferential rate of £65 per room/night at Halifax Hall (subject to availability) for all our delegates.  Details of how this can be booked is automatically provided to all delegates in their confirmation of booking email, which is sent upon completion and payment of your online booking.


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The aim of this three day course is to provide participants with an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews 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 this 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.

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
  • Understand potential sources of heterogeneity between included studies
  • Be familiar with good practice in reporting of systematic reviews
  • Critically appraise a systematic review

Course Materials

Copies of all presentations and handouts will be provided on the day on a USB stick plus hard copies of the handouts/exercises. If you require a hard copy of presentations also, please notify us.


Marrissa Martyn-St James, Andrew Booth, Sue Harnan, Helen Woods, Lesley Uttley and Adbullah Pandor.