Canadian Cochrane Centre “Different Evidence, Different Syntheses” Webinar Series

Cochrane Canada

The first of the series is on Thanksgiving Day, but this series looks really valuable for those interested in evidence based practice.

Registration is required.



Qualitative evidence synthesis and Cochrane Reviews
Thursday, 28 November 2013, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

This webinar will explore:  a) when to consider undertaking a synthesis of qualitative evidence; b) some frequently used methods and examples of  developing  methods for synthesising qualitative evidence; and c) approaches for integrating qualitative and quantitative findings.  Join Jane Noyes of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group for the discussion.

Overviews of reviews – what they are, what they aren’t, and how and when to do one
Thursday, 5 December 2013, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

The Cochrane Child Health Field has conducted about 30 overviews of reviews – syntheses of data from two or more Cochrane reviews on interventions for a particular condition – according to the guidance laid out in the Cochrane Handbook.  In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Hartling and Denise Thomson from the Child Health Field will cover the process for conducting an overview: defining a viable topic, assembling the author team, managing the scope, etc.  We will also discuss the strengths of overviews, and the differences in time, methods and scope between overviews, systematic reviews and network meta-analyses.

Introduction to concepts in network meta-analysis
Thursday, 16 January 2014, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of network meta-analysis and will discuss advantages that it can offer over the traditional pairwise approach to meta-analysis. In this session, examples from the literature will be used to familiarize researchers with situations where network meta-analysis can be helpful, to introduce terminology and methodologic concepts which are involved with this approach to evidence synthesis, and to suggest helpful resources which can guide systematic reviewers with regard to both transparent reporting and critical appraisal of network meta-analyses. Join Dr. Brian Hutton from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Dr. David Moher’s Network Meta-Analysis research team for the discussion.

An introduction to rapid reviews
Thursday, 30 January 2014, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

A rapid review (RR) is a type of literature review produced using accelerated and streamlined systematic review (SR) methods. In this webinar, we will cover:  a) the role of the Knowledge Synthesis Group of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) in rapid reviews including contexts in which rapid review work is conducted; b) their approach to rapid review methods and end products; c) their involvement with development of the Cochrane Response Rapid Reviews; and d) challenges, opportunities and lessons learned.  Presented by Adrienne Stevens and David Moher of the OHRI.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]