Systematic Review Half-Day Course

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Brown University School of Public Health

121 South Main Street

Room 245

Providence, RI 02903

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Presented by the Clinical Research Design, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics Core of Advance-CTR

What is evidence-based medicine, and how do we sort and evaluate available evidence to support decision-makers?

In this half-day course, experts from Brown's School of Public Health will discuss:

  • The role and value of systematic reviews, the basic steps involved in conducting a systematic review, and how they can be applied to public health and health policy;
  • The major principles and techniques of statistical analysis of meta-analytic data with a focus on summary data from reports and individual data from studies; and
  • Meta-analysis in the context of evidence-based science, with discussion around the basic principles of network meta-analysis and the validity of its assumptions, including the key role that potential effect modifiers play.

Brown University research librarians will also discuss the resources and support available to clinical and academic faculty who would like to conduct a systematic review.

Participants will gain an increased awareness and knowledge of how systematic reviews can:

  • Enable better choice of or recommendation of treatments; and
  • Lead to more accurate diagnosis.


The Warren Alpert Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

  • Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 3.5 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.


  • Kristin Danko, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health
  • Ian Saldanha, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health
  • Christopher Schmid, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Chair of Biostatistics at the Brown University School of Public Health

Who Should Attend:

Clinical and translational researchers, physician scientists, junior investigators, and any research staff at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and the affiliated hospital systems who are interested in conducting systematic reviews.

Requisite Materials:

We recommend all attendees review the Systematic Review section on the Evidence Synthesis Academy website before the course.

Watch the Livestream:

Can't make it in person? Watch the course remotely via Zoom. Register now.


There are a number of paid parking options around the School of Public Health:
  • Packet St Garage. 2-minute walk to SPH (attached to 155 S Main Street Building) Credit Card only.
  • Along Water St and South Main St, there is metered parking for up to 10 hours. Cash or Credit Accepted ~10 minute walk to SPH
  • 200 Dyer Ave, right across the river from SPH has an hourly rate ~5-7 minute walk to SPH.
  • 250 S. Water St (near Wild Colonial Tavern) ~5-8 minute walk to SPH.


7:30 - 8 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast

8 - 8:10 a.m.: Introductions and agenda review

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.: "Motivations for Systematic Reviews and Other Types of Evidence Synthesis"

8:30 - 9 a.m.: "Formulating the Research Question"

9 - 9:30 a.m.: "Searching for and Screening Studies for Inclusion"

9:30 - 10 a.m.: "Extracting Data from Included Studies"

10 - 10:15 a.m.: Morning break

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: "Appraising the Quality of Included Studies"

10:45 - 11:35 a.m.: "Combining Study Results – Meta-Analysis and Network Meta-Analysis"

11:35 - 11:45 a.m.: Wrap-up

Attendees will receive a post-event survey to evaluate the course and provide feedback.

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