January 15, 2019, by pressoffice

Course aims to improve evidence-based healthcare reviews

Healthcare experts have undergone training on systematic reviews to better inform policy and practice.

The University of Nottingham led a Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) accredited Systematic Review course for 23 researchers, academics, clinicians and students. The five-day course aimed to give the participants an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the principles and processes of undertaking systematic reviews to inform healthcare policy and practice.

This course was delivered by a team from the University of Nottingham Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare (CEBHC), with support from Continued Professional Development Services. The CEBHC is a designated Centre of Excellence within the JBI network, a global collaboration that promotes evidence based healthcare and that has pioneered methodologies for evidence synthesis. As well as a formal certificate, participants will also receive one year’s free access to the JBI’s systematic review software programme, SUMARI.

One of the CEBHC’s co-Directors, Dr. Catrin Evans (Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences), said: “Staff from the CEBHC are happy to provide on-going mentorship to participants after the course and many participants go on to publish their protocols and subsequent reviews.”

The participants spoke very highly of the course. One of the participants said “It was a great course and very useful. The instructors are very knowledgeable. I am confident that I can now conduct systematic reviews on the research area I am interested in.”

Jason Feehily, Head of Continued Professional Development Services, said: “This is a popular course which has been run by the CEBHC for over 10 years. It has attracted participants from across the UK and overseas, from a wide range of healthcare disciplines. From the positive feedback of the participants, I am very delighted to say this is another great example of successful CPD endeavour.”

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