This is a one-day course for information specialists and librarians on supporting systematic reviews in health and social care. The course is led by Carol Lefebvre, Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group, and Kath Wright, Information Services Manager at CRD.
By the end of the day participants will know about: systematic review methods; planning an appropriate search strategy; locating and using methodological search filters; documenting the search process; managing references using bibliographic software; the role of the information professional in the systematic review team.
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to systematic review methodology and critical appraisal skills.
Attention is restricted to evaluating effectiveness in health related research. The course uses a combination of seminars, group work and practical sessions to introduce the following topics: the role of systematic reviews and their impact; developing a protocol for a systematic review; literature searching; critical appraisal of primary studies and systematic reviews; data extraction; narrative synthesis and meta-analysis; reporting and disseminating of systematic reviews.