‘Systematic review and meta-analysis in action’ workshop

This intensive 1-day workshop will introduce the key principles of systematic review and meta-analysis of published research. Delivered through presentations and exercises, the workshop will give participants the basic skills to design and perform a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. 

What you will learn

This 1-day workshop will cover the following areas:

  • what is a systematic review and what is a meta-analysis
  • systematic review question formulation
  • drafting a systematic review protocol
  • searching the literature
  • 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.

Dates and booking details

  • 23 March 2017
  • 13 July 2017
  • 9 November 2017

Courses run from 9.30 to 16.30

  • Cost - £300 (inc VAT).* Discount available if booked with the 'Introduction to critical appraisal' workshop. Prices include printed course materials, refreshments and lunch.
  • This course is approved for 6 CPD credits
  • Location: Central London (also available as an in-house course – please contact us for further details).

To reserve a place on an advertised course, email a completed booking form to NGC-courses@rcplondon.ac.uk.

If you would like to discuss the courses please call +44 (0)20 3075 1417

This workshop is suitable for those who are new to systematic reviewing, or require a refresher session. Some knowledge of basic research methods is required.


By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • explain what a systematic review is and when it should be undertaken
  • develop a focused systematic review question and draft a review protocol
  • demonstrate basic skills in searching for and identifying evidence to answer a specific question
  • know the principles of sifting and data extraction for a systematic review
  • perform a meta-analysis of data from intervention studies
  • assess the quality/validity of the evidence
  • present the results to meet the needs of clinicians, other healthcare professionals and researchers
  • understand how systematic reviews may be used to inform changes in clinical practice. 

All the tutors were excellent and so was the practical session

Dr Abdullah Al-Mohammad

Who should apply?

All healthcare professionals (multi-disciplinary) and all specialities including:

  • all levels and grades of doctor
  • medical students
  • nurses and midwives
  • pharmacists
  • allied health professionals
  • researchers
  • methodologists
  • people involved in quality improvement (for example trust clinical audit teams)
  • people involved in making healthcare decisions (for example Clinical Commissioning Groups / Commissioning Support Units).