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Two-day workshop: EPPI-Centre introduction to systematic review methods

On 13 and 14 November David Gough and Carol Vigurs from the EPPI-Centre in London will hold a systematic review methods workshop at the University of Stavanger.

The workshop is fully booked. 

The workshop is free, but registration is binding due to the limited availability of seats and lunch reservation.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the purposes and logic of systematic reviewing
  • Develop some introductory skills in following the main stages of the review process
  • Understand the way in which reviews can vary
  • Develop some understanding and skills in using software to support the review process


Programme

NB: There may be some alterations to the schedule on the day

Wednesday 13 November 2019

10.00 - 10.15
1. Welcome and Introduction to workshop
Activity 1: Participant introductions and workshop objectives

10.15 - 10.45
2. The logic and main stages of systematic reviews within an evidence ecosystem
 (i) Standard stages of a review; (ii) Mapping and synthesis; (iii) evidence ecosystems
Activity 2: Discussion: What do we want to know from an evidence review and how can we know it?

10.45 - 11.15
3. Setting the scope of a review
Review questions; perspectives; conceptual frameworks; and inclusion criteria

11.15 - 11.30
Break

11.30 - 12.00
Activity 3: Small group work: drafting review questions and inclusion criteria  for a review

12.00 -12.30
4. Search strategies and screening
Searching for studies from different types of sources
Activity 4: Small group work: Searching studies from a database

12.30 - 13.30
Lunch

13.30 - 13.45
4. Continued

13.45 - 14.30
5. Screening studies
Checking whether the identified studies meet the inclusion criteria
Activity 5: Small group work: Screening some study abstracts

14.30 - 15.15
6. Describing studies
Developing a data extraction tool
Activity 6: Whole group work: Developing data extraction tools

14.30 - 15.15
7. Quality and relevance appraisal of included studies
Key elements of critical appraisal
Activity 6: Small group work: Critical appraisal of studies using examples

15.15 - 15.30
Break

15.30 - 16.15
8. Synthesis
Aggregative and configurative approaches

16.15 – 16.30
9. Discussion and close for the day

 

Thursday 14 November 2019

9.30 - 9.45
10. Recap on Day 1 and introduction to Day 2

9.45 - 10.30
11. Dimensions of difference in reviews
(i) aims and approaches of reviews; (ii) structure and components; and (iii) breadth and depth and the extent of ‘work done’ in addressing a research issue

10.30 - 10.45
Break

10.45 - 11.00
12. Planning a review
Protocols, resources, review team membership and methods for including other perspectives in a review

11.00 - 11.30
13. Quality appraisal and justifiable evidence claims
Quality of systematic reviews and relevance for evidence claims

11.30 - 12.30
Lunch

12.30 - 14.00
14. Software and automation in reviews
How these can support the review process
Activity 7: Using EPPI-Reviewer

14.00 - 14.30
15. Critiques of systematic reviews
Strengths and weaknesses of reviews  

14.30 - 15.00
16. Final discussion, evaluation and close