Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Introduction to Systematic Reviews SOLD OUT

24jan(jan 24)10:00 am04feb(feb 4)1:00 pmIntroduction to Systematic Reviews SOLD OUT(january 24) 10:00 am - (february 4) 1:00 pm ONLINE

Event Details

This workshop will be held over four mornings and provides authors at the beginning of the systematic review process, with an in-depth understanding of how reviews are structured. It offers an insight into 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.

Date: 24th, 28th, 31st January & 4th February 2022

Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Places: 25 available for individuals who are resident on the island of Ireland

Skill level: Introductory

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals, academics, researchers, decision-makers and Evidence Synthesis Ireland fellows who have identified a review topic and are ready to begin working on their protocol.

Prerequisites: Have a basic knowledge of health research. Are interested in learning more on the methodology of a review. Participants are requested to install the RevMan software and bring their laptop to the workshop.

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 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.


Prof. Declan Devane, Director of ESI & Cochrane Ireland, Professor of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway.

Dr Julie Broderick, Assistant Professor in Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.


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January 24 (Monday) 10:00 am - February 4 (Friday) 1:00 pm