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The Barcelona Systematic Review Course – Barcelona, Spain
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Wednesday 12th December – Friday 14th December, 2018

Please note that although this course is taught by researchers within the medical field, the same methodology applies to, and is used by systematic reviewers in all fields of research.

Who should attend: all people wishing to undertake reviews of randomised studies.
This course will appeal to all those interested in completing a Cochrane-style review. Experienced tutors and facilitators will be available to give you practical and individual advice. After attending the course, participants should be able to understand search strategies, extract data, manage the results of systematic searches, understand the syntheses of the data, apply the methods and conduct reviews independently. As this is an introductory course, no previous knowledge of systematic review is required.

Brief course content:
Day 1: Introduction to Systematic Review, Developing a Protocol Theory, Developing a Search Strategy, Managing Search Results, Using RevMan1.
Day 2: Selecting Studies for a Review, Assessing Risk of Bias, Extracting Binary Data, Extracting Continuous Data, Using RevMan2.
Day 3: Introduction to Meta-Analysis, Dealing with Heterogeneity, Interpreting Results and Getting Published, Using RevMan3.

Study methods:
The course utilises a combination of lectures, small group discussions, workshops, library-based interactive tutorials, with hands on practical work at computer stations using RevMan and Endnote software. Review Manager (RevMan) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews. Attendees use their own laptop.


Professor Clive Adams, Chair of Mental Health Services Research, Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Schizophrenia Group.Professor of Mental Health Services Research,University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Professor Adams completed his medical studies at Queen's University in Belfast and gained his Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  As a Clinical Lecturer in Oxford he established the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, part of the Cochrane Collaboration.  The group now flourishes, with 800 reviewers in 21 different countries maintaining over 200 high grade reviews.  Prof Adams has continued his interest in worldwide research and real world randomised controlled trials, focusing particularly on low to middle-income countries.  He has undertaken trials of care in Brazil, Finland, India and the UK, evaluating drugs, packaging of care and mental health policy.


Ms Jun Xia, Co-Director, GRADE Ningbo Centre, The University of Nottingham, Systematic Review Unit Lead, Nottingham Health China, The University of Nottingham.  Consultant Systematic Review Editor - Cochrane Skin Group, Expert Systematic Reviewer - Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King's College London, London, UK.
Ms Xia has a background in healthcare research methods and evidence synthesis.  She joined the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group in 2005, specializes in research methodology and systematic review.  To date, she has published over 30 Cochrane systematic reviews in relation to the effectiveness of care for people with schizophrenia, stroke, depression, cancer treatment and pain management. Jun established Systematic Review Solutions Ltd (SRS) in 2009, providing training on systematic review and evidence-based practice to clinicians and healthcare professionals globally.  She has delivered over 60 systematic review workshops globally and over 3000 healthcare professionals have benefited from the training.  Jun will be one of the key speakers at the upcoming Nottingham Systematic Review Course, June 2018, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

Date:  Wednesday 12th December- Friday 14th December, 2018.
Time:  09:00 - 17:00.
Venue:  CINC Business Centre, Carrer de Llull 321, 08019 Barcelona, España.
‘Early Bird’ discount:  book by 22/10/2018 course fee = €395.
Course Fee:  €450. 
Student fee:  €295, (limited places).
Your course fee includes all learning materials, refreshments and lunch every day.

General Enquiries and Applications:
David Lewis, email:

Course Content Enquiries:
Jun Xia, email:


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