Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice Course

Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine

Program Description

Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice Course

Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine

This course aims to provide students with critical, higher-order skills in order to find, read, appraise and interpret relevant, reliable research summaries. To provide knowledge and critical understanding of how research evidence may be used in policy and practice in middle and low income countries.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the module: Evidence and what it means to different stakeholders

  • Introduction to systematic reviews of effects

  • Re-cap on what is a SR and feedback on reviews

  • Statistical interpretation

  • Risk of bias and statistics

  • Using GRADE to develop evidence-based recommendations

  • Systematic reviews of qualitative research

  • SUPPORT project and tools to assess applicability

  • Searching and navigating the Cochrane Library (laboratory workshop)

  • Guideline development and appraisal

  • Strategies for changing health professionals' practice

  • Knowledge translation and influencing policy

  • Lobbying game: bringing politics and complexity

This course employs a mix of seminars, practical sessions in the computer lab to navigate the Cochrane Library and facilitated group work to clarify understanding of the studies and articles.

Expectations - Students are expected to carry out assigned reading prior to each session and to feed this knowledge into discussion alongside reflection upon their own professional practice. This is an integral part of this course and you will be expected to take on a minimum of 50 hours of self directed learning during the 2 week course.

English language requirements:

Proof of English to IELTS 6.5

Specific aims:

  • Identify, appraise and interpret systematic reviews relevant to public health
  • Discuss critically influences on evidence-informed practice at global, national and local levels, and articulate a variety of strategies to improve decision-making
  • Assess the quality of research evidence and apply evidence to policy and practice using appropriate tools
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 27, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
2 weeks
Full time
1,150 GBP
Start date Feb. 2017
United Kingdom Liverpool, England
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Duration 2 weeks
Price 1,150 GBP