The ‘Introduction to Critical Appraisal and Systematic reviewing and Meta-analysis in Action (combined course)’ is an intensive 2-day workshop that will teach participants how to critically appraise published research and introduce the key principles of systematic reviewing and meta-analysis. Delivered through presentations and exercises, the workshop will give participants the basic skills to design and perform a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. You will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different clinical study designs, how to interpret and calculate relative and absolute measures of effect, and how to assess published research for risk of bias.Booking detailsThe course will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm on each day. Cost, including printed course materials refreshments and lunch, is £500 (inc VAT). Please note that places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.This workshop is suitable for those who are new to critical appraisal and systematic reviews, or require a refresher session. Some knowledge of basic research methods is required. Additional information: Please note that travel and accommodation costs are not included. What you will learnDay 1 of the workshop will cover the following areas:An introduction to critical appraisal.Characteristics of different types of experimental and observational clinical study designs, including a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each design.An explanation of relative and absolute measures of effect for quantitative data, such as risk rations, odds ratios and absolute risk difference.An introduction to forest plots.The risks in bias assessment for a randomised controlled trial (RCT), including a detailed description of each individual domain.An introduction to commonly used critical appraisal checklists.Day 2 of the workshop will cover the following areas:What a systematic review and meta-analysis are.Systematic review question formulation.How to draft systematic review protocol.Searching for the literature, and sifting and data extraction. Meta-analysis of intervention studies (including practical exercise).Assessing the quality of the evidence (including risk of bias and heterogeneity).Reporting and presenting a systematic review.Systematic reviews and change in clinical practice – including an overview of the NICE process.AimsBy the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:understand the principles of critical appraisal and why it is necessaryidentify different study designs and know when to use themappraise study outcomes and judge the quality of study methodology for RCTsbe familiar with different types of quantitative data and how to interpret resultsknow how to assess whether the results could change clinical practiceexplain what a systematic review is and when it should be undertakendevelop a focused systematic review question and draft a review protocoldemonstrate basic skills in searching for and identifying evidence to answer a specific questionknow the principles of sifting and data extraction for a systematic reviewperform a meta-analysis of data from intervention studiesassess the quality/validity of the evidencepresent the results to meet the needs of clinicians, other healthcare professionals and researchersunderstand how systematic reviews may be used to inform changes in clinical practice. Who should apply?All healthcare professionals.CancellationsCancellation requests must be sent to and will be subject to a 25% charge. No refunds will be made for cancellations notified within 21 days of the event. The NGC reserves the right to cancel the event, in which case all registration fees will be refunded.