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Conducting a Systematic Review: a practical guide

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.

Register your interest

There are currently no upcoming dates available for this course, but you can register your interest by getting in touch.

Who it’s for

This course is tailored to:

  • postgraduate healthcare researchers
  • healthcare professionals
  • policy makers
  • information specialists and librarians

What you’ll learn

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • develop a focused question
  • identify the evidence to answer that question
  • assess the quality/validity of the identified evidence
  • decide what form of evidence synthesis is most appropriate
  • present and tabulate results
  • present the result to meet the needs of clinicians and other researchers
  • develop a strategy to publicise the results.

Topics covered

  • steps to developing a focused research question
  • identifying the literature
  • selecting, appraising and extracting studies
  • meta-analysis or narrative synthesis
  • report writing and dissemination.


  • interactive skills development
  • come with a topic
  • leave with an outline protocol
  • tutors with extensive systemic review experience.


Cochrane Building
Heath Park
CF14 4YU