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Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology Summer School 2017: Understanding the principles of Systematic Reviews

A18, King's Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, The University of Nottingham
Friday 9th June 2017 (09:30-16:30)

Understanding the Principles of Systematic Reviews in Dermatology

A highly interactive workshop using real examples from dermatology

Why attend this course?

The UK dermatology training curriculum states that trainees need to acquire skills and knowledge in “understanding and evaluating published scientific evidence”; “defining sources of evidence-based guidelines for treatments” and “knowing how to use the various online databases to search for scientific evidence.” Systematic reviews are the main source of information for addressing such issues and they help inform clinical practice. But do you really understand them and can you tell a good one from a bad one? This course will enable you to obtain the appropriate training in an informal and supportive environment.


This one day course will provide you with the appropriate skills to understand and critically appraise systematic reviews. You will learn how best to use online databases and have a go at undertaking some of the key steps required in a systematic review. By having access to both good and bad examples of papers, you will gain insight into how to identify common errors made in systematic reviews and how to interpret the results correctly.  The Cochrane Skin Group will demonstrate tips on how best to use the Cochrane library in the field of dermatology and review authors will talk about their experiences of undertaking reviews.


9.30-9.45 Welcome and Introductions

9.45-10.30 What is a systematic review?

Objective: to understand the definition, rationale and basic content of a systematic review and why systematic review s are the highest form of evidence

  • Definition
  • Why do we need them?
  • What a systematic review is and what it isn’t
  • Basic structure
  • Brief mention of different types of reviews ( e.g. Cochrane, Non-Cochrane, Scoping reviews, Umbrella reviews)
  • Impact of systematic review dissemination with respect to clinical decision making and guidelines for practice-some specific examples

11-11.15 Coffee

10.30-12.30 Doing a systematic review

Objective: to develop insights and rudimentary skills in the process of undertaking a systematic review

  • The importance of a comprehensive search strategy-PICO interactive exercise
  • Judging the quality of included studies-Cochrane Risk of Bias, Newcastle-Ottawa
  • Data extraction
  • Reporting a systematic review -Cochrane Handbook, PRISMA, MOOSE

12.30-1 Lunch

1-3.30 Critical appraisal of systematic reviews  

Objective: to understand and evaluate published systematic reviews in the field of dermatology

  • Discussion of papers
  • Interpreting meta-analysis
  • Judging the quality of systematic reviews studies-AMSTAR, ROBIS, CEBM-Oxford

2.45-3 Coffee

3.30-4.15 Making the most of the Cochrane Library

Objective: learning what the Cochrane Library offers

  • How to find Cochrane reviews on the topic that interests you
  • How to navigate a Cochrane review
  • Dissemination of Cochrane reviews
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers/Podcasts
  • Targeted updates

4.15-4.30 Where do you go from here?

Signposting to our maps of reviews and other resources like GREAT


  • Professor Hywel Williams - Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology & Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Skin Group
  • Professor Jo Leonardi-Bee - Professor in Medical Statistics & Epidemiology
  • Dr Jonathan Batchelor - Consultant Dermatologist & Honorary Assistant Professor at the CEBD
  • Ms Laura Prescott-Editorial Assistant for the Cochrane Skin Group
  • Ms Liz Doney-Trials Search Co-Ordinator for the Cochrane Skin Group
  • Dr Douglas Grindlay-Information Specialist
  • Dr Sonia Ratib, Assistant Professor, Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

Cost - £90

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1048