One way of collating and assessing the best possible evidence is through a method called ‘systematic reviewing’. Systematic reviewing is a specific research method whereby a structured, rigorous, and objective approach is used to provide a critical synthesis of the available evidence on a particular topic.
This masterclass will examine the rationale for systematic reviews and take participants through the various elements of a systematic review: literature searching and reference management; data extraction; data synthesis; interpretation and reporting.
Masterclass facilitated by:
Professor Edwin van Teijlingen is a medical sociologist with extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews. He has run similar workshops reviews in Nepal, and has published on the importance of systematic reviews.
Professor Vanora Hundley is a midwifery researcher who has conducted a number of systematic reviews of health care interventions in both low and high income countries.
Dr Clare Killingback is a physiotherapy lecturer who has conducted and published a mixed-method systematic review on the topic of adherence to community based group exercise interventions for older people. She teaches about systematic reviews on the undergraduate research units at Bournemouth University.
Caspian Dugale is an Academic Liaison Librarian supporting the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. He has considerable experience running health information literacy workshops for students, academics and postgraduate researchers.
Who should attend:
The masterclass is suitable for postgraduate students, academics and professionals who wish to critically appraise and use systematic reviews, and for those exploring the basic principles involved in conducting a systematic review.
Each day will start at 9.00am and run until 5.30pm. There will be a mixture of seminars with discussions, Q&A sessions and group activities which will focus on:
· Designing a review protocol
· Formulating a question
· Identifying and selecting relevant studies
· Systematic data extraction and collection
· Synthesis and analysis of the data
· Writing up and reporting systematic reviews.
The fee of £240.00 includes two full days with the course facilitators, refreshments and class materials. Accommodation and travel costs are not included.