Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta Analysis

Description and Objectives:

This is a beginner-level course for individuals without experience conducting systematic reviews or meta-analysis to gain hands-on skills and knowledge from the perspective of the conduct of this research. While the activities will be limited to direct comparisons, the concepts of indirect comparisons and Bayesian methods will be discussed. The learning objectives are as follows:

  • To understand the role and value of systematic reviews and when a meta-analysis should be considered.

  • To learn the steps in developing a meta-analysis, including hypothesis generation, developing eligibility criteria and a search strategy, screening and evaluation of references, data extraction and validation

  • To learn how to develop an analysis plan, including determining the outcome and effect measure to be used, selecting between fixed and random effects models, assessing heterogeneity, bias and study quality

  • To review the required elements for publication of a meta-analysis.

  • To identify key areas of potential error.

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