Complex Reviews

Developing a better understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis play a major part in contributing to the pool of best available evidence in healthcare. Moreover, their results underpin national and international guidance.  Because of their importance, evidence synthesis methodology continues to evolve.

This module will focus on providing an understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis, and their methods, with a particular focus on complex reviews. Such reviews include diagnostic test accuracy reviews, clinical study reports, individual participant data (IPD), reviews of non-randomised data, and qualitative reviews. Students attending this course will gain insight into some of these more complex forms of evidence synthesis, as well as explore emerging forms of synthesis and learn how to incorporate these methods into a review protocol.

A basic understanding of systematic reviews is advantageous, but not essential.

Aims of the module

By the end of the course the aim is that students will be able to:

This module is a compulsory module of the MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews and an optional module for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care.

The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 7th July 2016.