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Writing a Systematic Review Workshop (Cork)

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Room C WGB G09

Western Gateway Building

Univeristy College Cork



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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.


This workshop provides authors, at the beginning of the systematic review process, with an in-depth understanding of how reviews are structured. It offers an insight to the development of a protocol, introducing participants to methodology, search methods, data extraction and meta-analysis. This workshop also includes an introduction to RevMan software and its use during protocol development.

Learning outcomes

In this course participants will be enabled to:

  • Understand the basic principles of a systematic review

  • Identify the scope of their review

  • Understand search methods and apply these methods to their search strategy

  • Apply the criteria for selecting studies

  • Understand the principles of creating a data collection form and of data extraction.

  • Attain a basic understanding of principles of meta-analysis

  • Identify heterogeneity and understand the methods for assessing and addressing it

Teaching strategies

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, led by members of the Cochrane Ireland teaching faculty covering each of the stages of developing a systematic review protocol, 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 30.

Course content/timetable

DAY 1 – Introduction to systematic reviews; developing the question and searching for studies

08:30 Registration and coffee

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

09:15 Introduction to systematic reviews

09.45 Writing a protocol

10.15 Discussion and questions

10.30 Break

10:45 Defining a review question – defining objectives and creating a PICO (population, interventions, comparators, outcomes)

11:45 Practical exercise with PICO development

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Identifying search terms and searching for relevant studies in a systematic way

14:30 Practical exercise developing a search strategy

15:15 Break

15:30 Screening studies : assessing eligibility

16:30 Discussion and questions

16:45 Close

DAY 2 – Introduction to systematic reviews; Data extraction, meta-analysis and heterogeneity

09:00 Welcome and introduction to day 2

09:15 Assessing risk of bias

10:15 Practical exercise on Risk of bias

10:45 Break

11:00 Data extraction and management; different types and formats of outcome data

12:00 Practical exercise on Data extraction

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Meta-analysis methods for binary data (odds ratio, risk ratio)

13.30 Meta-analysis methods for continuous data (mean difference, standardised mean difference)

14.00 Introduction to meta-analysis

14:30 Discussion & questions

14:45 Break

15:00 Exploring heterogeneity; subgroup analysis and sensitivity analysis

15:45 Tools to support systematic reviews: Introduction to Review Manager (RevMan), Covidence and Endnote

16:15 Discussion and questions

16:30 Close


Prof Declan Devane, Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Director of Cochrane Ireland, Professor in Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway.

Elaine Finucane, Teaching Faculty, Evidence Synthesis Ireland, NUI Galway.

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