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Nature Research Academies – Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Nature Research Academies – Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Nature Research Academies – Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Available from Nature Research Academies: workshops in Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Nature Research Academies is a series of training workshops for researchers, developed by Nature Research.

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Academy in Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

This workshop is available to be delivered face-to-face or virtually.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are crucial in synthesizing clinical research to determine the efficacy of an intervention. However, conducting high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses that have clinical impact on the field takes time and expertise.

Nature Research Academies has developed this workshop in ‘Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses’ for clinical researchers, to explain how to conduct a systematic review or a meta-analysis.

  • 1-day workshops
  • Available to institutions globally
  • For up to 50 clinical researchers

Feedback from participants

“Your workshop was very helpful for all Chinese students. I previously wrote a meta-analysis with my colleague, but it was rejected. I never understood why we failed until you made such a wonderful speech! Thank you so much!”

Academy content

  • Preparing to conduct the systematic review
    • Discusses the value of systematic reviews and meta-analyses for the field and when they should be done
    • Discusses how to identify a relevant research question that will serve as the motivation for the review as well as ensuring its novelty and originality
    • Highlights how to define the appropriate inclusion and exclusion criteria that will be essential in selecting the appropriate studies to be included
    • Discusses strategies to find both published and unpublished studies along with useful tools to screen through
  • Extracting and analyzing data 
    • Focuses on how to properly extract and analyze the data from the selected studies in the review
    • Discusses how to use standardized data extraction forms to extract the appropriate data from the studies for analysis
    • Reviews how to assess the bias within the selected studies that will affect the impact of those data
    • Discusses the various types of biases that plague systematic reviews as well as the strategies to minimize those biases to improve the review’s robustness and reliability
  • Performing syntheses
    • Reviews how to synthesize the extracted data and present the analyses in a way to emphasize the value of the review
    • Discusses how to synthesize the data from the selected studies qualitatively for the systematic review and how it should be presented in the manuscript
    • Introduces meta-analyses and when they should be done to complement the qualitative analysis in a systematic review
    • Discusses the techniques and statistical methods that are used in performing the meta-analysis in the study
    • Explores fixed effect and random effects models, statistical heterogeneity, meta-regression techniques and lastly subgroup and sensitivity analyses

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