There have been many discussionson the list on the importance of systematic reviview and metanalysis.

I wish to share the opportunity offered by the  ohns Hopkins University to have a free online 6 week course through Coursera.  Introduction to systematic review and metanalysis.

The online course will introduce methods to perform systematic reviews and meta-analysis of clinical trials. How to formulate an answerable research question, define inclusion and exclusion criteria, search for the evidence, extract data, assess the risk of bias in clinical trials, and perform a meta-analysis. Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be able to: – Describe the steps in conducting a systematic review – Develop an answerable question using the “Participants Interventions Comparisons Outcomes” (PICO) framework – Describe the process used to collect and extract data from reports of clinical trials – Describe methods to critically assess the risk of bias of clinical trials – Describe and interpret the results of meta-analyses

The course will start today, but I think you can still enroll.

You can do it for free, or upon payment only if you wish to get a certificate.

Best wishes

Paola De Castro
Direttore, Settore Attività Editoriali
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Viale Regina Elena, 299 – 00161 ROMA (Italy)

tel. + 39 06 49906004