Training and workshops offered by the US Cochrane Center
Developing a Systematic Review Workshop (Baltimore)
This workshop guides participants through the steps of developing a systematic review and includes presentations about Cochrane Collaboration methodology, hands-on practice using the Cochrane Collaboration's Review Manager (RevMan) software, and a statistics review session. It is limited to Cochrane contributors as well as opthalmologists, optometrists, and vision researchers interested in registering a title with the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group.
16-18 January, 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA
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: http://trams.jhsph.edu/trams/index.cfm?event=training.launch&trainingID=432
Please register with the system if you are a new user to TRAMS.
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.
Training offered throughout the United States
- Rocky Mountain EBHC Workshop
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
- Searching the Medical Literature for the Best Evidence (online)
Health Sciences Library,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Evidence Based Medicine (online)
University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (online)
Duke University Medical Center Library &
Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
- SUNY Health Sciences Evidence Based Medicine Course (online)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center &
Medical Research Library of Brooklyn
- Evidence-Based Medicine and the Medical Librarian (online)
School of Information and Library Science,
University of North Carolina
Training offered internationally
- Cochrane Collaboration & EBHC Workshops
- Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (online)
Toronto General Hospital &
University of Toronto
- Postgraduate Courses in Evidence-Based Health Care
Health Care & Health Sciences,
University of Oxford
- Systematic Reviews in the Health Sciences: Meta Analysis in Context
Swiss Epidemiology Winter School
- The Nottingham Systematic Review Course 2010
The University of Nottingham
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