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The Oxford Systematic Review Training Programme

Systematic reviews which locate, appraise and synthesise the results of relevant research studies are recognised as one of the most useful and reliable tools to assist the practice of evidence-based health care. The programme will train health care professionals in the science and methods of systematic review, and will help them produce a systematic review.


To increase the production and publication of systematic reviews. Students and collaborative teams will receive training in the principles, methods and practicalities of undertaking a systematic review. Topics will include formulation of research questions, protocol development, literature searching, critical appraisal, data synthesis, reporting, interpretation and project management. Training will be given in relevant software packages.

Who should apply?

Health care professionals and researchers who want to learn more about systematic reviews and to undertake one. Applicants must have an idea of a research question which could be answered. Those most likely to be selected will have a good basic knowledge of the science of medical research, and be able to form a multidisciplinary team. Students will be encouraged to bring their collaborating librarians, information scientists, statisticians and methodologists to attend relevant sessions. Places will be limited to 12 applicants. There will be an emphasis on reviews relating to Primary Care.
Course structure Most of the formal learning will take place in 12 one-day training sessions. Students will be required to undertake directed pre-session reading and to complete appropriate sections of their systematic review between the sessions. In addition, a limited amount of individual project support will be available from the course tutors throughout the year.

Fees and bursaries

The basic fee for the full course is £1300. Financial assistance with course fees and a limited number of Bursaries are available to pay up to £2500 to cover locum costs where needed. Priority will be given to applications relating to Primary Care, and from employees from the Anglia and Oxford Region.

Course and application dates

The 12 training days will be scheduled between February 1997, and be completed by December 1997. Applications must be submitted by January 22 1997.

For further information contact Jon Deeks at the Systematic Review Unit (tel 01865 227001, e-mail For information about future courses please write to Rochelle Seifas, Project Coordinator: Systematic Review Unit, Centre For Statistics In Medicine, Institute Of Health Sciences, Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF

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