Systematic Review


Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, is Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland. For 20 years, he has been actively involved as a systematic reviewer in the Cochrane Collaboration. He was the director of Cochrane Ireland from 2014 to 2017, where he developed and conducted systematic review training. He has authored six Cochrane reviews and published articles on evidence-based practice.

This 2-day training course will cover systematic review methodologies and critical appraisal skills. The course is suitable for individuals working in the health and social care area who are considering or planning to conduct a systematic review of intervention studies. No experience in conducting systematic reviews is required. The course will examine the key components of a systematic review using the Cochrane Collaboration methodology. The course will include lecture material, group discussions and practical exercises.

Registration: $700


Expected Outcomes
  • Explain the essential steps of planning and preparing a systematic review of intervention studies
  • Know how to formulate a review question relevant to their own interests
  • Understand the key principles of literature searching, data extraction, and critical appraisal of studies for a systematic review
  • Identify the basic principles of meta-analysis


Topics Covered
  • Introduction to systematic reviews and the Cochrane Collaboration
  • Developing a PICO question for a systematic review of intervention studies
  • Search strategies for studies
  • Assessing study eligibility
  • Critical appraisal of studies
  • Data extraction
  • Introduction to meta-analysis and forest plots
  • Finding resources for systematic reviews