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AHRO Masterclass in Systematic Review & Meta-analysis

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AHRO Masterclass in systematic review and meta-analysis is aimed at enabling participants become proficient in developing and undertaking a Cochrane-style systematic review of interventions. No previous knowledge of systematic review is required

Course Outcome

After the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key stages of the systematic review process
  • Describe how to review question and develop a review protocol
  • Describe methods used for identifying resources of evidence for systematic reviews
  • Describe how to develop search strategy for identifying relevant studies for a specific review question
  • Understand how conduct literature search
  • Describe how to apply inclusion and exclusion criteria for relevant studies
  • Describe how to develop extraction form and outcome from reported studies
  • Critically appraise a systematic review
  • Describe how to use meta-analysis in data synthesis using computer software (RevMan)
  • Familiar with good practicing in systematic reviews
  • Understand how to assess heterogeneity
  • Conduct a standard systematic review for publication

Course Modules

  • Introduction and rationale for systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Question formulation and protocol development
  • Performing searches
  • Selecting studies and extracting data
  • Risk bias Analysis
  • Introduction to statistical methods
  • Introduction to meta-analysis
  • Publication bias
  • Understand risk bias of non-randomized studies of interventions
  • Systematic reviews of observational studies
  • Systematic reviews in Randomised control trials
  • Data analysis
  • Understand PRISM and apply in your systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Reporting and disseminating systematic reviews

Teaching: The course will be taught through series of online tutorials, online formative exercises, series of pod-casts and discussion forums. It is compulsory that student take part in 90% of online tutorials. Self-directed learning is an essential component of this training. Electronic learning resources will be made available via our VLE.

Learning breakdown: Our online courses combine several elements to create a balanced blend of learning. Learners will be able to learn at their own pace during the week by viewing content, engaged in discussions, and completing assignments. It is expected that on the average, 8 to 10 hours per week is required for a course.

Assessment: Assessment for this course is based on summative assessment which counts to the module mark. Each summative assessment for a module will be made of a 1000 word essays, scientific article of high standard, 15 minutes presentations, and 3000 worded final assignment.

Duration: 12 weeks

Commitment: 8-10 hours per week as follows:


Projected time (Hours)

Interactive learning




Self-guided Research/Learning


Live sessions



  • Clinicians who want to be undertaking their own systematic reviews
  • PhD students
  • Members of academic systematic review teams
  • Pharmaceutical companies and consultancies who need an understand of review methods