Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Synthesis of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence

Introduction to Systematic

The aim of this two day course is to develop participants’ understanding of systematic reviews so that they will be able to use and appraise them to inform clinical practice, policy, research and teaching. The purpose and processes of systematic reviews of both quantitative and qualitative research evidence were introduced.The course initially introduced types of primary research studies that are commonly included in systematic reviews. Then the steps of a systematic review in terms of question formulation, identifying and selecting relevant research, quality appraisal, data extraction, synthesis and presentation were outlined. This drew on practical examples and the lecturers’ own experiences of conducting      systematic reviews of both qualitative and quantitative research. The course was attended by Clinicians, practitioners, lecturers and researchers with an interest in evidence based practice and decision making.