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Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

June 19-23, 2023
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2 credits
Course Number: 340.686.11 (onsite)
                                     340.686.49 (synchronous online)

This is a hybrid course with both an in-person section (340.686.11) and a synchronous online section (340.686.49). You'll be able to indicate which section you want (either in-person or online) when registering in SIS.

"The teachers and TA are awesome! They are very knowledgeable, professional, and made the class so much fun! The material is organized well and very relevant ! I loved the exercises, discussions, and the journal club."—Student, 20210

"This was a fascinating and enjoyable course!  The lectures and assignments went well together, and I learned an incredible amount.  Both Tianjing and Ian were great lecturers and kept me engaged in the discussion. I would highly recommend this course to everyone who interacts with systematic reviews."—Student, 2019

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Covers methods for performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses, including building a team, formulating a research question and hypothesis, developing a search strategy, abstracting and collecting data, assessing the risk of bias of randomized controlled trials (using the latest Risk of Bias tool 2.0), and synthesizing the evidence both qualitatively and quantitatively. Acquaints students with a few practicalities of conducting a systematic review through interactive hands-on exercises, including using Stata software to perform meta-analyses.

Student Evaluation:
Critique of a published systematic review (100%)

Learning Objective:
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in health care

  • Explain the essential steps of conducting a systematic review

  • Gain familiarity with the new tool for assessing risk of bias in randomized controlled trials

  • Appraise the quality of a systematic review

  • Describe the challenges associated with performing and interpreting systematic reviews

Special Comments: Students are required to bring a laptop to class

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail