Free Online Courses

Free Online Courses offered by the US Cochrane Center

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare:  A Foundation for Action  

This web course has been created by the United States Cochrane Center as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE), and is designed to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare concepts and skills. Registration is open and free of charge. Participants are encouraged to finish the course in three months.

For more information about this course, please click here.


FDA module picture

The FDA and the Regulation of Healthcare Interventions-A Spotlight Session

 This Spotlight Session on the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), a supplemental module for the online course Understanding Evidence-Based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action, has been created by the United States Cochrane Center as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). It is designed to help users understand the history of drug regulation and the fundamentals of how drugs are approved in the US.

For more information about this course, please click here.


Serving on a Clinical Practice Guideline Panel- Richard Rosenfeld












 

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action – Course for Physicians

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare was created by the United States Cochrane Center. The course was originally launched as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE) to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare. We found, However, that this course is popular with both lay consumers and health professionals and is a required element of a number of educational curricula. A few years ago, the Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) asked us to develop a new “front end” to the course, applicable to physicians, so that they too would see the applicability of the course to their own work. We have done just this and welcome you to the version specifically oriented to the physician participant.


Peer Review course icon

Translating Critical Appraisal of a Manuscript into Meaningful Peer Review

 We have developed a free of charge online course on journal peer review, Translating Critical Appraisal of a Manuscript into Meaningful Peer Review, to serve as a resource for health professionals who are serving or wish to serve as peer reviewers of the biomedical literature. Because this course was funded by the NEI, we have specifically oriented the Workshop to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other vision practitioners, mainly based in the US.

For more information about this course, please click here.


Handsearching icon

Handsearching:  Identifying and Classifying Controlled Trial Reports

This short distance education course will prepare you for one of the most important roles in the international effort of the Cochrane Collaboration. Handsearching, the process of manually screening peer-reviewed biomedical journals, conference proceedings and other publications for the best-available evidence is an integral process in identifying results of research that can be used in Cochrane reviews.

For more information about this course, please click here.



Consumers United for Evidence Resources 

 Introduction to participation on advisory panels
Series I: Introduction to participation on advisory panels 


Series II: Case studies of consumer engagement on advisory panels


Series III: Scenarios exploring the interpersonal dynamics of advisory panel participation

 


Training offered by the US Cochrane Center


A. Handsearching: Identifying and Classifying Controlled Trial Reports (online)

The free-of-charge online course Handsearching: Identifying and Classifying Controlled Trial Reports has been transferred to a new platform. The course has been created as part of the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group US Project (CEVG@US Project), which is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health.

The objective of the course is to serve as a training exercise for those planning to engage in handsearching.

Target audience: Although the final assessment is related to eyes and vision, the course is applicable and useful to health professionals from all specialties.  There are no prerequisites for this Course, but participants should have a basic knowledge of the approaches and language related to study design.

Description of the course: This course includes both didactic lessons and knowledge assessments. Participants need about 7 hours to complete the course, but will be able to return to any part of the course at any time. We also ask you to complete before and after surveys, where you can let us know more about yourself and what you felt you gained from the course.  We pay close attention to your feedback, so please complete these surveys!

A summary of the lessons is as follows:

Module 1. Why is Handsearching Important? Describes the rationale for the creation of the Cochrane Collaboration and the development of the Cochrane CENTRAL Register of Controlled Trials ("CENTRAL" for short), the Cochrane Collaboration's source of trial reports.

Module 2. Handsearching in 5 Steps: Describes where in journal articles the information needed for identification and classification of trial reports may be found, and outlines the step-by-step decision making necessary in identification and classification for trial reports as RCTs, CCTs, or neither.

Assessments: These assessments are intended for users who have read through both course modules and successfully completed the quizzes within them.

Abstracts with Abstract Examples: Provides a self-assessment exercise in identifying and classifying trial reports from abstracts as RCTs, CCTs, or neither.

Full-Text Article Examples: Provides a self-assessment exercise in identifying and classifying trial reports as RCTs, CCTs, or neither.

Handsearching Test: Tests the trainee's ability to identify and classify trial reports as RCTs, CCTs, or neither by handsearching 6 months of a journal.

Link to the course: https://courseplus.jhu.edu/core/index.cfm/go/course.home/cid/1737/

Please register with the system if you are a new user to TRAMS.


B. Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action (online)

This web course was created by the United States Cochrane Center as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). It is designed to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare concepts and skills. Course registration will be offered every month. Participants will have three months to complete the course and must commit to completing all evaluations.

The goals of this course are to provide consumer advocates and others with the tools they need to:

Successfully navigate the world of medical information, 
Critically appraise research studies, 
Influence the creation of responsible public policy in healthcare, and 
Help the people they serve to make healthcare choices based on the best available evidence. 
Register today!


Training in the United States

International Training

Thanks to US Cochrane Activity Funders: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Department of Health and Human Services)
National Eye Institute (NIH)
Blue Shield of California
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Kaiser Foundation
Wellpoint, Inc.