Course C189/10 COURSE CANCELLED Synthesising Evidence: Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews


ECTS: 1.4

Course leader: Olaf Dekkers

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Max seats: 24

Applicants: 18

Status: Course is cancelled

Application deadline: 26/10/2020

Start date: 23/11/2020


Title: Synthesising Evidence: Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews C189/10

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, fall 2020.

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).

Recommended knowledge for participation: Completion of core and specific basic courses is required. Completion of “Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology” course. Participants are required to have experience with some sort of software for statistical analysis – e.g. Stata, R, or SAS.

Aim: To introduce PhD students to the basic concepts, methods and issues in meta-analyses and systematic reviews. The course is offered as part of the graduate program in clinical medicine, so the focus will be on epidemiological studies.

Learning outcome: The PhD student will achieve knowledge in:

  • Understanding and evaluating meta-analyses
  • Conducting systematic reviews
  • Assessing heterogeneity between the studies included
  • Combining the results from individual studies in a pooled estimate

Contents: The programme will be a mixture of lectures combined with exercises in the following topics:

  • The purpose of a systematic review
  • Defining, searching and retrieving “the literature” on a topic
  • Creating a meta-analytic data set
  • Tools for assessing and measuring heterogeneity
  • Fixed-effect and random-effects models
  • Graphical displays in meta-analysis

The course will comprise of practical exercises using Stata. Participants are required to bring a laptop with a Stata installation version 9 or newer – or an installation of their favourite software for statistical analysis.

Language: English

ECTS: 1.4

Head of Course: Professor Olaf Dekkers from Leiden University Medical Center and Aarhus University.

Instructors: Deirdre Cronin-Fenton, PhD, Thomas Bøjer Rasmussen, MSc, Anders Hammerich Riis, MSc, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital.

Number of Participants: Max 24 participants

Dates and Times: 23 and 24 November 2020. From 8:30 – 15:30 both days.

Place: Auditoriumat Department of Clinical Epidemiology (KEA), Olof Palmes Alle 43-45.

Course Fee: DKK 1680

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and 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

Application deadline: 26 October 2020