Systematic Review Workshop using R

Summarizing the evidence using best practices

April 30th, 2024, Miami, Florida - Register Now

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Workshop using R

One-day comprehensive introductory systematic review and meta-analysis workshop enables participants to learn how to conduct methodologically rigorous evidence summaries using R. No prior experience with R required. This workshop dovetails with the GRADEconf, a guideline development workshop using the GRADE approach, or can be utilized as a standalone learning experience for systematic reviews. This symposium is supported by the Evidence Foundation and the U.S. GRADE Network.

Whoshould attend?
  • Medical students, residents and fellows
  • Clinicians and researchers interested in creating evidence summaries for guidelines or clinical pathways
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) committee members
  • Nurses and other allied health care providers
  • Policy makers and health scientists
  • Pharmacists involved in drug information services
  • Educators and others interested in high quality evidence synthesis
Whatare the conference objectives?
  • Explain the importance of systematic reviews to evidence-based clinical practice
  • Identify the essential elements of a well-conducted systematic review
  • Describe and explore heterogeneity
  • Appraise the quality of the evidence for each outcome across studies
  • Perform basic steps of pooling data through meta-analysis
  • Apply the basic functionality of the Review Manager (RevMan) or equivalent software
Howto get additional training?
  • Those with interest in additional, hands-on training in GRADE methodologies may consider signing up for the GRADE Guidelines Workshop
  • Book early as workshop seats are limited.
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Preliminary Workshop Program

30April 2024
8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome and course overview

We will provide an overview and set objectives for the workshop

8:10am - 8:30am

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and meta-analysis

Madelin Siedler

8:30am - 8:45am

Formulating a focused clinical question

Juan Lozano

8:45am - 9:15am

Designing a search strategy

Yngve Falck-Ytter

9:15am - 9:45am

Developing eligibility criteria, study selection and abstracting data

Shahnaz Sultan

9:45am - 10:15am


10:15am - 11:15am

Assessing risk of bias for randomized controlled trials and non-randomized studies

Rebecca Morgan

11:15am - 12:00pm

Hands-on exercise: Evaluating studies using the Cochrane RCT risk of bias tool

Group facilitators

12:00pm - 1:15pm


1:15pm - 2:15pm

Meta-analysis and estimates of effect

Hassan Murad

2:15pm - 3:30pm

Hands-on exercise: Using meta-analysis software

Group facilitators

3:30pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 4:15pm

Assessing certainty of evidence using GRADE

Reem Mustafa

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Publication and evaluation of systematic reviews

Philipp Dahm

4:45pm - 5:00pm

Wrap-up and feedback

Course faculty

Internationally renowned speakers

Faculty with broad methdological and health sciences background to jumpstart your projects

The workshop instructors of the U.S. GRADE Network and Evidence Foundation have broad and in-depth experience in teaching Cochrane systematic review methodology, the GRADE framework, and evidence-based medicine concepts within the U.S. and internationally. Our faculty has conducted biannual GRADE workshops since 2014 and numerous specialty-specific training events for medical societies (IDSA, AGA, ADA, AUA, ASH, CAP, CSN, AACPDM, EAST, to name a few), government agencies (CDC, DoD, AHRQ etc.), and other international organizations (e.g., the World Health Organizations, the Cochrane Collaboration, and the Guidelines International Network).

Take Your Seat!

The number of available seats are limited - register soon!



This workshop is supported by the Evidence Foundation and the U.S. GRADE Network.

  • Evidence Foundation
  • US GRADE Network
  • Cochran Urology
  • Cochrane USA
  • Florida International University