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STAT 011 | Conducting a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis from A to Z

November 9, 2020 to November 10, 2020



Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Fellows or NIH community members being sponsored by their lab and awaiting payment authorization can tentatively hold a seat using the “Reserve A Seat” option. FAES must receive payment within 7 business days after reserving a seat or 3 business days before the start of the workshop, which ever comes first. If payment is not received in this time frame, your reservation will be canceled.5

We live in times of evidence-based medicine, where we use the best evidence available to make decisions about patient care and healthcare interventions at population level. But what is the best evidence available? Usually a research question is studied more than once, often by independent research teams in different locations. In many instances, the results of these multiple small studies are diverse and conflicting, making it difficult to draw a conclusion regarding the answer to the question under study. That’s where systematic reviews come in. Systematic reviews integrate and synthesize the results of several independent studies on a given research question in order to provide a summary of the literature that can inform practice. Moreover, systematic reviews may reveal heterogeneity in results, leading to new research hypotheses about sources of such heterogeneity. Systematic reviews can be qualitative or quantitative. Meta-analysis, top-ranking in the hierarchy of evidence, is a statistical procedure that in some cases can be applied to a quantitative systematic review.

Learning objectives

  • In this hands-on two-day online workshop, we will take participants through all the steps of conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis, including developing a research questions, defining inclusion and exclusion criteria, developing a protocol, designing a systematic search, critically appraising studies, screening studies, extracting data, performing a meta-analysis, and synthesizing the evidence both qualitatively and quantitatively.  Specifically, after completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the utility of a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Apply the essential steps for conducting a systematic review.
  • Design and conduct a meta-analysis.
  • Critically appraise published systematic reviews and meta-analyses.


Who should attend?

This course targets researchers, clinicians and academics who would like to summarize a body of evidence on a given topic so as to decide whether and how to make improvements, or simply want to be able to appraise and interpret systematic reviews and meta-analyses given their significance as the gold standard in the hierarchy of evidence.

Course outline

On the first day of this two-day workshop, we will start off with an introduction including types of reviews, and the utility of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Once familiar with the basic concepts, participants will learn to develop research questions using PICO framework, establish eligibility criteria, perform a systematic search using PubMed and EMBASE, and screen studies using a tool called “Rayyan”. We will have a look at several quality assessment tools that can be used for critical appraisal of studies selected. Participants will have opportunity to practice each of the steps.

On day two, we will continue following the steps we did on day one starting with data extraction. Participants will be introduced to meta-analysis, including the conditions for performing a meta-analyses, methods and challenges. Participants will practice performing meta-analysis. Once we have gone through all the steps of generating findings for a systematic review and meta-analysis, the participant will learn best practices for synthesizing findings, visualization and write-up. We will wrap up with practicing evaluating published systematic reviews and meta-analyses.



There are no prerequisites for participating in this workshop. Participants are encouraged to have a topic of interest in mind on which they would like to conduct a systematic review.

Simultaneous access to two screens is highly recommended for best learning experience. Examples include one computer with two screens, two computers, one laptop and one tablet, etc.​

General Training Rate

Discounted Training Rates
$755.00 - NIH Community (Trainees, Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, etc.)
$835.00 - Academia, US Government (Non-NIH), US Military

Technology Fee

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours. One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of this course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 1.4 CEUs.


Refund Policy

100% tuition refund for registrations cancelled 14 or more calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.

50% tuition refund for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.

No refund will be issued for registrations cancelled 3 calendar days or less prior to the start of the workshop.



All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at

Cancellations received after 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day.

All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.


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