Course Preparation and critical reading of meta-analysis

ECTS: 0.6

Course leader: Inger Mechlenburg

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: ClinFO

Course fee: 720.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2023

Application deadline: 25/01/2023

Start date: 22/02/2023

Administrator: Annette Poulsen

Install Stata on your computer

Participants must have installed Stata on computer before course.

The course C229/10 Preparation and critical reading of meta-analysis is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2023.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Participants must have installed Stata on computer before course.

Aim: The aim of the course is to give students the knowledge and the skills to carry out a meta-analysis. Meta- analyses are a prerequisite for a final compilation of results of several types of systematic reviews. Without this skill, it is impossible to finalize the review and interpret the results in order to provide a basis for clinical guidelines.

Learning outcomes: After the course, the students will have competence to:

  • Carry out a meta-analysis based on the quantitative results of a systematic review, interpret the results and provide a clinical guideline based on the meta-analysis
  • Describe the statistical assumptions, the chosen methods and the results of the meta-analysis
  • Assess the quality of meta-analyses

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 14 hours

Content: The students will gain skills to be able to:

  • Extract the relevant data from the included scientific studies
  • Assess the included studies’ quality and suitability of data in the meta-analysis
  • Reason for choice of meta-analysis
  • Choose the most appropriate type of estimation in relation to the assumptions for the meta-analysis
  • Carry out the meta-analysis and prepare a forest plot with the relevant information
  • Analyse and interpret the outcome of bias on the results
  • Interpret the results of the meta-analysis

Instructors: Professor Inger Mechlenburg, Associate professor Carsten Juhl, Professor Hans Lund

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Health Research Year students and Health Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Course dates:

  • 22 February 2023 09:00 - 16:00
  • 23 February 2023 09:00 - 16:00