Introduction to Systematic Reviews (CEPI5203)

UNIT OF STUDY

Students will learn how to critically appraise a review of the effectiveness of an intervention; how to do a meta-analysis; how to weigh up benefits and harms (applicability); how to avoid misleading meta-analyses and how to find or do better systematic reviews. At the end of this unit, participants should be able to: search for systematic reviews; critically appraise reviews of randomised controlled trials, do a meta-analysis of randomised trials using available software; and use meta-analytic methods for weighing up benefits and harms of an intervention in individual patient management and practice policy development. The assignment task is to: outline a clinical or health policy decision that you need to make; identify a systematic review that can help you with your decision-making; critically appraise this source; outline your decision and how you used the evidence to reach it; outline what additional information you would like and how you would obtain it (this may include further analyses on the data presented in the review, further reviews or suggestions for further primary studies).

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Classes

offered online

Assessment

submission of weekly tasks and participation in discussion (18%) and assignment 1x 2000word report (82%)

Textbooks

Online readings and other learning resources will be provided.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Corequisites

CEPI5102

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