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Conducting a Systematic Review; a practical guide

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Conducting a Systematic Review a practical guide

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The aim of the course is to equip participants with an understanding of the systematic review process and an introduction to the skills necessary to conduct a review. The course is practical and highly interactive with a range of discussion, group and hands-on sessions. It is envisaged that participants will come to the course with a research topic and leave with a draft protocol for their systematic review.

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The course is presented by Cardiff University’s Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE) with support from other Cardiff University staff. SURE is a largely grant funded team founded in 2000. Its staff specialise in carrying out systematic reviews, researching and teaching review techniques.

Course presenters

Course tutors have extensive experience of undertaking reviews and teaching evidence-based methodologies. They include:

Fiona Morgan (Course Leader) is a Systematic Reviewer with SURE. Current and recent projects include reviews to inform NICE guidance on a range of public health topics, and with orthopaedics and palliative care teams. She teaches evidence-based methodologies for the University’s Doctoral Academy and is also a lecturer in the School of Healthcare Sciences.

Bernadette Coles has worked as a site librarian for Cardiff University since 1987. She became involved in systematic reviewing when the Cochrane Prostatic Diseases and Urological Cancers Group was established in 1998. She is a co-author of 12 Cochrane reviews and 13 systematic reviews in other peer reviewed publications and has been coordinator of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group since 2006. She teaches a wide variety of courses including critical appraisal workshops for NHS staff and a ‘Searching for Evidence’ day for NISCHR CRC.

Mark Kelson is a Research Fellow in Statistics in the South East Wales Trials Unit at Cardiff University. He is a consultant for the Research Design and Conduct Service and an experienced trials statistician. He has conducted a number of systematic reviews. His research interests include exercise interventions in challenging populations and mental health.

Mala Mann has worked in systematic reviewing for over 20 years during which time she has co-authored more than 60 publications. She has particular expertise is in advanced literature searching and the development of systematic review methodologies. Mala provides advice, support and training for staff and students and has conducted workshops in UK and Europe.

Helen Morgan joined SURE in 2006. She has worked on a range of projects including reviews for Cardiff University, The Welsh Government, The Cochrane Collaboration and NICE. She is skilled in advanced literature searching, critical appraisal and evidence summaries. Currently Helen holds an honorary contract with CEDAR which is an External Assessment Centre (EAC) for the NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP).

Alison Weightman is Director of SURE. She has over 18-years’ experience as a systematic reviewer and a particular interest and expertise in reviewing and developing systematic review techniques for complex public health topics. She is an author on more than 30 systematic reviews and a co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group.

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