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Meta-analysis for Systematic Reviews (2 Days)

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Room: AMBG065

Psychology Building

NUI Galway

Galway Galway

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Background

Health care policy and practice decisions should be based on a synthesis of the global body of evidence rather than relying on individual studies. Cochrane Ireland and Evidence Synthesis Ireland promote evidence based healthcare policy and practice by supporting high quality, relevant systematic reviews and other synthesised research evidence.

Aim

This workshop provides reviewers with experience in the principles of evidence synthesis with the opportunity to develop or advance their meta-analysis knowledge and skills. It offers an insight into more complex issues in meta-analysis.

Learning outcomes

In this course participants will be enabled to:

  • Understand factors influencing decisions when to perform a meta-analysis

  • Understand effect measures in continuous and dichotomous data

  • Understand fixed and random-effects models for meta-analysis

  • Understand subgroup and sensitivity analysis and how to perform and report

  • Understand publication bias and how to perform and report

  • Understand more complex unit of analysis issues including effects for more than one subgroup, studies that report results for more than one outcome, studies that report results at more than one time-point and multi-arm trials and cluster randomised trials

  • Be aware of common mistakes in meta-analysis

Teaching strategies

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, led by members of Evidence Synthesis Ireland, Cochrane Ireland and Cochrane UK teaching faculty. It includes small group activities and plenary discussions, providing participants with the opportunity to develop and refine their protocol. The number of participants for the course is limited to 25.

Requirements

Download and install RevMan that matches your operating system from the following link.


Course content/timetable

Day 1

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Welcome, introduction of presenters and outline of presentations

09:15 What is a meta-analysis and when should it be performed (and when not) (the three PICOS)

10.15 Effect measures in dichotomous data

10.35 Practical on effect measures in dichotomous data

11.00 Break

11.20 Effect measures in continuous data inc SMD

11.40 Practical on effect measures in continuous data

12.00 Fixed and random-effects models

12:30 Lunch

13:15 Exploring and interpreting heterogeneity (inc. subgroup analyses)

14:00 Practical session on exploring and interpreting heterogeneity

14:45 Discussion session (on any issues covered)

15:00 Putting it together -Really getting to know the Forest Plot better

15:45 Demonstrating RevMan forest plot options (e.g., display of event/non-event etc)

16.30 Close

Day 2

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Welcome back outline of presentations

09:15 Questions from Day 1

10.15 Subgroup analyses [inc. how to report SGAs and avoid common pitfalls]

11.00 Break

11:15 Sensitivity analyses (inc. practical)

12.00: Discussion

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Publication bias

14:00 More complex issues 1 [cluster randomised trials, cross-over trials, multi-arm trials)

14:45 Break

15:00 More complex issues 2 [studies that report results at more than one time-point, time-to-event data]

15:45 Common errors in meta-analyses

16.30 Close

Facilitators

Dr Chris Cates (Cochrane UK)
Dr Rebecca Fortescue (Cochrane Airways)
Prof. Declan Devane (NUIG/ Evidence Synthesis Ireland/ Cochrane Ireland)

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