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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SMDM members contribute critically to health policy research in the areas of evidence-based medicine, cost effective health care, patient decision making and public health. SMDM helps you to be more than just a face in the crowd. The connections you make through SMDM can help you build a network of long-term contacts to help you throughout your career.
MDM offers rigorous and systematic approaches to decision making that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health policy development.