The increasing amount of research information produced each year makes it impossible for users of health research to evaluate and keep up-to-date with the new evidence. Consequently systematic reviews have a vital role in providing reliable syntheses of research for evidence-based decision-making.
This five day course will provide participants with a basis in the design, analysis and interpretation of systematic reviews of health research. Participants will be given grounding in all aspects involved in conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis, and will have the opportunity to gain practical experience of the tasks involved. By the end of the course participants will be equipped with the necessary skills to conduct their own high quality systematic reviews .
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
- Describe the principles of systematic reviews
- Interpret the results of systematic reviews
- Critically appraise existing systematic reviews
- Conduct their own high quality systematic reviews and meta-analysis
Who should attend?
Researchers including clinicians, nurses, epidemiologists and public health practitioners, who are interested in learning the key concepts involved in the design and production of high quality systematic reviews. Although examples used during the course will be taken from the health literature, the underlying concepts taught are applicable to other disciplines and applications from those interested in systematic reviews of non-health research literature are welcomed. It is assumed that participants will have no prior experience of conducting systematic reviews, however will have a basic understanding of statistics and epidemiological study designs. Participants must also have a good command of English. Places are limited. Participants are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
The fee covers participation in the course, materials and some refreshments. It does not cover travel costs, accommodation and meals. If the course fee is to be paid on the applicant's behalf, a letter from the sponsor is needed to confirm this as soon as possible. Otherwise, the applicant will be held personally responsible for payment.
- Introduction to and rationale of systematic reviews of health research
- Question formulation and protocol development
- Planning and performing searches
- Critical appraisal
- Introduction to statistical methods
- Introduction to software for meta-analysis
- Publication and reporting bias
- Systematic reviews of observational studies
- Systematic reviews in context
Sessions will run from 9.00 to 17.00 each day.
The course will involve lectures and participatory practical sessions. A course manual will be given to participants at the beginning of the week.
Method of Assessment
There will be no formal examination. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all completing the course.
Applying for this course
Please complete the online application form.
Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.
The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team, in the Registry, can provide supporting documentation if requested.
Accommodation and meals
A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be supplied on request to the Registry. Lunch can be purchased from the School's Refectory in the Keppel Street building or the cafe on the Tavistock Place building. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.
- If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa.
- It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
- The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient. In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
- The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.