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We will introduce methods to perform systematic reviews and meta-analysis of clinical trials. We will cover how to formulate an answerable research question, define inclusion and exclusion criteria, search for the evidence, extract data, assess the risk of bias in clinical trials, and perform a meta-analysis. Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be able to: - Describe the steps in conducting a systematic review - Develop an answerable question using the “Participants Interventions Comparisons Outcomes” (PICO) framework - Describe the process used to collect and extract data from reports of clinical trials - Describe methods to critically assess the risk of bias of clinical trials - Describe and interpret the results of meta-analyses...
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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Introduction

To get the ball rolling, we'll take a broad overview of what to expect in this course and then introduce you to the high-level concepts of systematic review and meta-analysis and take a look at who produces and uses systematic reviews. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings
Video5 videos
Lecture 1A : Introduction to Systematic Reviews15m
Lecture 1B: Introduction to Meta-Analysis12m
Lecture 1C: Producers and Users of Systematic Reviews8m
Hannah Rothstein, PhD1m
Reading3 readings
Syllabus10m
Pre Course Survey10m
From the Field Videos10m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Framing the Question

In this module, we will discuss how to frame a question, as well as scope, elements, and refining the question. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Lecture 2B: Deciding the Type and Scope of Your Question17m
Lecture 2C: Elements of the Question16m
Lecture 2D: Refining the Question10m
Lecture 2E: Some Examples8m
Lecture 2F: Analytic Frameworks10m
Betsy Becker, PhD2m
Reading1 reading
Welcome to the first Peer Assignment!10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 210m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Searching Principles and Bias Assessment

In this module we will look at finding the evidence, as well as key sources, search strategy, and assessing the risk of bias....
Reading
11 videos (Total 119 min), 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
Lecture 3A: Finding the Evidence: Searching Principles5m
Lecture 3B: Identifying Key Sources and Techniques for Searching17m
Lecture 3C: Building a High-Quality Search Strategy17m
Lecture 3D: Documenting Your Search and Conclusions8m
Lecture 4A: Why Bias in the Individual Study is Important to a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis7m
Lecture 4B: Selection Bias18m
Lecture 4C: Information Bias8m
Lecture 4D: Bias in the Analysis15m
Lecture 4E: Displaying Study "Quality" in Your Systematic Review16m
Byron Wallace, Phd2m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 310m
Module 410m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Minimizing Metabias, Qualitative Synthesis, and Interpreting Results

In this module, we will cover minimizing metabias, selection bias, information bias, how to report transparently, qualitative synthesis, and interpreting results....
Reading
9 videos (Total 88 min), 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Lecture 5B: Selection Bias22m
Lecture 5C: Information Bias12m
Lecture 5D: Bias in the Analysis15m
Lecture 5E: Reporting Transparently6m
Lecture 6A: Qualitative Synthesis and Interpreting Results Section A7m
Lecture 6B: What is Qualitative Synthesis10m
Lecture 6C: Some Examples5m
Christopher Schmid, PhD1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 510m
Module 610m
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Top Reviews

By KAFeb 13th 2017

Incredible course! You learned a lot from these amazing professors. If you take this course you will know how to do a high quality systematic review and even a meta analysis and publish them.

By LNMay 15th 2017

This is a really nice detailed course with tons of examples, if you can afford, please pay them or purchase of the course instead of auditing. I hope I will be able to purchase it.

Instructors

Tianjing Li, MD, MHS, PHD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kay Dickersin, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Bloomberg School of Public Health

About Johns Hopkins University

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