Postgraduate training

An introduction into Systematic Reviewing & Critical Appraisal

On October 20th, 2017 prof. Maurice Zeegers (Complex Genetics/NUTRIM/CAPHRI) will explain in plenary sessions the basic principles of Evidence Based Medicine. He will provide guidelines on how to quality assess randomized clinical trials, observational studies and systematic reviews. Also, an introduction will be given on how to perform and systematic review or meta-analysis yourself. The course consists of plenary lectures and group exercises.

Target audience

This course is tailor made for PhD candidates who are interested in learning more about how to quality assess different types of research studies and how to perform a systematic review.

Knowledge of epidemiologic study designs and statistical analyses is a prerequisite. The course is restricted to maximum 20 participants to stimulate cross-fertilization and allow supervision in small working groups.

Course schedule October 20th, 2017

08.30 hours: Registration
09.00 hours: Lecture 'Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine'
10.30 hours: Exercise 1 'Scoring the quality of a Randomized Clinical Trial'
12.00 hours: Lunch break
13.00 hours: Lecture 'Qualitative data extraction'
13.30 hours: Exercise 2 'Scoring the quality of an Observational Study'
15.00 hours: Lecture 'Quantitative data extraction and statistical pooling'
16.00 hours: Exercise 3 'Meta-analysis'
16.30 hours: Lecture 'Scoring the quality of a Systematic Review'

Location: FHML, Duboisdomein 30, Maastricht
Course leader: prof. Maurice Zeegers
Costs: € 250,-- (including lunch, snacks and drinks)
Language: English
Number of participants: Maximum 20

Information and Registration

Please register by sending an e-mail to:
Registration deadline: September 1st, 2017