Training available: September to December 2020


Some training courses in systematic reviews or related topics have been announced for the next few months. However, due to ongoing uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that you check that the course is still available and accepting registrations from your country of residence and that you have adequate insurance cover in place in case of cancellation. Follow the links for more information!

Writing a systematic review
Where: Belfast, UK
When: 11-12 November 2020

This workshop, organized by Cochrane Ireland, provides authors actively involved in conducting a Cochrane systematic review with confidence to assess a wide range of data types. It offers an insight into more complex methods of meta-analysis. This workshop also includes an overview of how to produce a summary of findings table for use in your review.

Systematic review advanced author training
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: 16-17 November 2020

This workshop, organized by Cochrane Ireland, provides authors actively involved in conducting a Cochrane systematic review with confidence to assess a wide range of data types. It offers an insight into more complex methods of meta-analysis. This workshop also includes an overview of how to produce a summary of findings table for use in your review.

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Penang, Malaysia
When: 17-19 November 2020

This course aims to cover what is needed to complete a Cochrane protocol for an intervention review. It begins with an introduction to Cochrane and a brief overview of the format of a Cochrane systematic review. Over the 3-day workshop, a mixture of presentations and small group activities is used as well as hands-on computer sessions. This workshop also covers formulating clinical questions, locating studies, appraising risk of bias, and the basics of meta-analysis needed to write the methods section of a protocol.

Introduction to systematic reviews in health
Where: Southampton, UK
When: 17 November 2020

Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) at the University of Southampton, invites you to participate in this training day which provides an introductory overview of all aspects of systematic reviewing in health. It is designed for health professionals, academics and decision-makers with an understanding of health and related research. Places are limited.

Introduction to Cochrane methodology
Where: Lund, Sweden
When: 23-27 November 2020

Cochrane Sweden is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a 1-week course on Cochrane Methodology from the 23-27 November 2020. The course will be conducted in Lund, but arrangements could be made to conduct the course online through Zoom if needed. The course is mainly aimed at PhD students from the Faculty of Medicine, but is open for everyone to join. This 40-hour course will cover the following topics and also include self-tuition with Cochrane Interactive Learning.

Virtual training from Cochrane UK

UK or Ireland-based authors of Cochrane intervention reviews are encouraged to register for virtual training with Cochrane UK.

RA1: Beginning a Systematic Review Protocol
Dates available: 15 September 2020 or 3 November 2020

RA1 is targeted at authors who are at the very beginning of the review process and includes small group discussions around each authors review question. This workshop also incorporates an introduction to RevMan, and the appropriate procedures for working on a protocol using RevMan.

RA2: The Methods Section of the Protocol 
Dates available: 22 September or 10 November 2020

This course is designed to help authors further develop their protocol, introducing them to searching for studies, study selection and data collection procedures, risk of bias, and analysis topics which require planning at the protocol stage. The day contains activities which enable authors to reflect on their own protocol and time to work in RevMan.

RA3: Analysis Methods for Systematic Reviews 
Dates available: 6 October or 15 December (to be confirmed)

RA3 is designed to target authors who have spent time working on their systematic review, are in the process of (or have just finished) study selection, and are now thinking about their analysis. This day enables authors to think through the appropriateness of their data collection form, and goes into further detail about analysis methods and models, and exploring heterogeneity.

RA4: Advanced Topics in the Analysis and Reporting of Systematic Reviews 
Dates available: 14 October or 16 December (to be confirmed)

RA4 contains a large amount of training material and activities to cover common issues which arise with continuous data types. It also covers how to deal with data in different formats, over-coming unit of analysis issues and dealing with multiplicity in reviews, as well as using GRADE and Summary of Findings Tables. The workshop aims to raise awareness of a variety of methods that are available for use in systematic reviews to overcome common pitfalls, and to empower review authors to seek statistical support when appropriate.

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Webinars now open for registration:

RoB 2 Domain 5: Bias in selection of the reported result
When: 15 October 2020 08:00 UTC [check your time zone] 
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This is the sixth webinar in our RoB 2 Learning Live series, and will explain how to use the fifth domain of the RoB 2: bias in selection of the reported result, a type of reporting bias. We will explain how to answer the signalling questions in this domain, including whether the data that produced the result were analysed in accordance with a pre-specified analysis plan that was finalised before unblinded outcome data were available for analysis; and whether the numerical result being assessed is likely to have been selected, on the basis of the results, from multiple eligible outcome measurements (e.g. scales, definitions, time points) within the outcome domain or multiple eligible analyses of the data. We will show the algorithm for how answers to signalling questions are mapped to judgements about risk of bias for the domains, along with worked examples.

Reaching an overall RoB judgement and incorporating RoB assessment into analysis and interpretation
When: 11 November 2020 12:00 UTC [check your time zone] 
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This is the seventh webinar in our RoB 2 Learning Live series, which will discuss how an overall RoB judgement is reached and how this can be incorporated in the analysis. Examples will be used to illustrate some of the possibilities.This session is intended for people who are interested in using RoB 2 to assess risk of bias in their review.

RoB 2 Bias in other types of studies: cluster-randomised and cross-over

When: 8 December 2020 16:00 UTC [check your time zone]
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This is the eighth webinar in our RoB 2 Learning Live series, which will explain how to assess risk of bias in cluster randomised trials and crossover trials. The additional signalling questions will be presented, along with worked examples. This session is intended for people who are interested in using RoB 2 to assess risk of bias in their review including cluster randomised or cross over trials.

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