Evidence Based Medicine

18 October 2016

An introduction into Systematic Reviewing & Critical Appraisal

Date: 18 October 2016
Location: FHML, Duboisdomein 30, Maastricht
Course Leader:

Maurice Zeegers, PhD (Maastricht University, CAPHRI / NUTRIM)
Professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology

Costs: 250 Euro (including lunch, snacks and drinks)
Language: English

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Registration deadline:
1 September 2016


Professor Zeegers 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

08:30           Registration
09:00 Lecture: Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine
10:30 Exercise 1: Scoring the quality of a Randomized Clinical Trial
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Lecture: Qualitative data extraction
13:30 Exercise 2: Scoring the quality of an Observational Study
15:00 Lecture: Quantitative data extraction and statistical pooling
16:00 Exercise 3: Meta-analysis
16:30 Lecture: Scoring the quality of a Systematic Review