Workshops & Conferences

NEW! The sixth Guideline Development Workshop: special focus on GRADE for Diagnosis: April 10-12, 2017

This workshop will help participants strenthen their understanding of evidence assessment and recommendation development and improve techniques for applying GRADE to current projects. The workshop will facilitate the basic principles of guideline methodology, including how to critically appraise the evidence, grade the quality of the evidence, and move from evidence to recommendations by using GRADE. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by the Cochrane Urology Group and will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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Cochrane Systematic Review Workshop: 11-13 January 2017

This workshop guides participants through the steps of developing a systematic review. The workshop is designed for Cochrane Review authors who have a registered title, have published a protocol in the Cochrane Library or who have a protocol approved for publication by a Cochrane Review Group. The workshop includes presentations about Cochrane methodology (identification of best evidence, quality assessment, synthesis and analysis) and hands-on practice using Cochrane’s Review Manager (RevMan) software. The five-day workshop will be held at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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Training and workshops offered by the US Cochrane Center

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.

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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.
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Training offered throughout the United States

Training offered internationally