Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
June 26 - 30, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Course Number: 340.686.11
Reviews methods used by those performing systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including building a team, formulating a research question and hypothesis, methods for searching the literature, abstracting information, and synthesizing the evidence both qualitatively and quantitatively. Covers how to formulate an answerable research question, defining inclusion and exclusion criteria, searching for the evidence, data extraction, assessing the risk of bias in the underlying studies, qualitative synthesis, meta-analysis, sensitivity analysis, and assessing meta-bias. Acquaints students with a few practicalities of conducting a systematic review using hands-on exercises.
Critique of a published systematic review (100%)
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the essential steps of performing a systematic review and meta-analysis addressing an epidemiologic or clinical research question.
- Critically appraise a published systematic review
- Describe the challenges associated with performing and interpreting systematic reviews
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail