HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 29 November 2021

Come and meet us from the comfort of your sofa - our academic programme for Virtual ISPOR Europe 2021 is here!

ScHARR HEDS are back for Virtual ISPOR Europe 2021. From 30 November - 3 December (with on-demand sessions from 22 November), HEDS staff will be attending the latest ISPOR conference to present their work and represent ScHARR. 

 Professor Paul Tappenden will be speaking at a workshop: ‘Use of Whole Disease Models and Pathway Models in Health Economic Research; Benefits and Risks’ (Friday 3 December)

 Dr Praveen Thokala will be moderating an on-demand podium session: ‘Using Real World Evidence to Predict Risks of Adverse Outcomes and Disease Progression’ (Monday 22 November)

 Dr Ben Kearns will be presenting a poster: ‘Adverse Events Associated with Antidepressants: A Systematic Literature Review and Network Meta-Analysis’ (Poster Session 2 - Wednesday 1 December)

 Meanwhile, PhD student Paul Schneider will be leading a workshop discussion, ‘The Potential of R Shiny User Interfaces to Support Health Economic Decision Making’ (Wednesday 1 December), and presenting an abstract at a podium session. ‘A New Online Tool for Valuing Health States: Eliciting Personal Utility Functions for the EQ-5D-5L’ (Monday 22 November) is co-authored by Professor John Brazier and Professor Ben van Hout.

If you are a registered ISPOR member, check out our exhibitor profile in the virtual exhibits gallery, or alternatively contact us to find out more. 

Interact with our virtual profile, and use the Networking and Chat feature to get in touch with our Knowledge Exchange Business Manager, Vanessa Wright, and Director of Innovation, Professor John Brazier

Come and chat with us to find out about the opportunities to work with ScHARR to support key strategic developments in your organisation, to collaborate with us on research and to participate in our diverse, world class learning and teaching programmes.

Follow us at: @ScHARR_IKT and @ScHARRHEDS

Monday, 15 November 2021

Latest HEDS Publications for October 2021

Here is our regular monthly trawl for new publications from HEDS in collaboration with colleagues in ScHARR and further afield. Many of these are currently in press, you can find much of our work in its open access form via our institutional repository. Find them here


Abdel-fattah, M., Chapple, C., Guerrero, K., Dixon, S., Cotterill, N., Ward, K., Hashim, H., Monga, A., Brown, K., Drake, M. J., Gammie, A., Mostafa, A., Bladder Health, U. K., Breeman, S., Cooper, D., MacLennan, G., & Norrie, J. (2021). Female Urgency, Trial of Urodynamics as Routine Evaluation (FUTURE study): a superiority randomised clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of invasive urodynamic investigations in management of women with refractory overactive bladder symptoms. Trials, 22(745). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05661-3

Bullement, A., & Kearns, B. (n.d.). Incorporating external trial data to improve survival extrapolations: a pilot study of the COU-AA-301 trial. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology.

Case, P., Angus, C., De Vocht, F., Holmes, J., Michie, S., & Brown, J. (2021). Has the increased participation in the national campaign ‘Dry January’ been associated with cutting down alcohol consumption in England? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 227(108938). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108938

Chambers, D., Cantrell, A., Sworn, K., & Booth, A. (n.d.). How are people with a cognitive impairment investigated to understand the underlying cause of impairment? Descriptive systematic review and critical interpretive synthesis. Health Services and Delivery Research.

Diabetic Medicine
Chatwin, H., Broadley, M., Hendrieckx, C., Carlton, J., Heller, S., Amiel, S. A., Galan, B. E.,Hermanns, N., Finke‐Groene, K., Speight, J., & Pouwer, F. (2021). Unmet support needs relating to hypoglycaemia among adults with type 1 diabetes: Results of a multi‐country web‐based qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine,e14727. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.14727

Gray, L., Hernandez, M., & Wailoo, A. (n.d.). Mapping the EORTC QLQ-C30 to EQ-5D-3L in patients with breast cancer. BMC Cancer.

Kearns, B., Stevenson, M. D., Triantafyllopoulos, K., & Manca, A. (n.d.). Comparing Current and Emerging Practice Models For the Extrapolation of Survival Data: A Simulation Study and Case-Study. BMC Medical Research Methodology.

Marr, C., Breeze, P., & Caton, S. (2021). A comparison between parent and grandparent dietary provision, feeding styles and feeding practices when caring for preschool-aged children. Appetite, 105777. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105777

Matlock, K. A., Broadley, M., Hendrieckx, C., Clowes, M., Sutton, A., Heller, S. R., de Galan, B. E., Pouwer, F., Speight, J., & consortium, H.-R. (2021). Changes in quality of life following hypoglycaemia in adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review of longitudinal studies. Diabetic Medicine, e14706. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.14706

Mukuria, C., Peasgood, T., & Brazier, J. (n.d.). Applying EuroQol Portable Valuation Technology to the EQ Health and Wellbeing Short (EQHWB-S): a pilot study. 

Thomas, K. H., Dalili, M. N., López-López, J. A., Keeney, E., Phillippo, D., Munafò, M. R., Stevenson, M., Caldwell, D. M., & Welton, N. J. (2021). Smoking cessation medicines and e-cigarettes : a systematic review, network meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. Health Technology Assessment, 25(59), 1–224. https://doi.org/10.3310/hta25590


Thomas, K. H., Dalili, M. N., López‐López, J. A., Keeney, E., Phillippo, D. M., Munafò, M. R., Stevenson, M., Caldwell, D. M., & Welton, N. J. (2021). Comparative clinical effectiveness and safety of tobacco cessation pharmacotherapies and electronic cigarettes : a systematic review and network meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials. Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15675

Tice, J. A., Mandrik, O., Thokala, P., Fotheringham, J., & Pearson, S. D. (2021). The effectiveness and value of belimumab and voclosporin for lupus nephritis. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, 27(10), 1495–1499. https://doi.org/10.18553/jmcp.2021.27.10.1495

Wildman, M. J., O’Cathain, A., Hind, D., Maguire, C., Arden, M. A., Hutchings, M., Bradley, J., Walters, S. J., Whelan, P., Ainsworth, J., Tappenden, P., Buchan, I., Elliott, R., Nicholl, J., Elborn, S., Michie, S., Mandefield, L., Sutton, L., Hoo, Z. H., … Sasso, A. (2021). An intervention to support adherence to inhaled medication in adults with cystic fibrosis : the ACtiF research programme including RCT. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 9(11), 1–146. https://doi.org/10.3310/pgfar09110

Thursday, 11 November 2021

ScHARR Mini Master Class in Health Research - Alcohol and Pricing - Tuesday 7th December


Join us online for a monthly online masterclass by one of our health research experts based in The School of Health and Related Research

Alcohol and pricing: 

Beyond modelling to evaluation and duty reform

Professor John Holmes  

Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group and Lead Director of the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health Economics and Decision Science

Alcohol remains a major cause of ill health, and deaths due to alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic heighten this concern. This presentation will explore the role of alcohol prices as a driver of alcohol-related health problems and a target for public health responses. After setting out the evidence on key pricing trends and concerns, the presentation will describe emerging evidence suggesting positive effects of minimum unit pricing in Scotland and the Australian Northern Territory. It will also explore the Government’s ongoing alcohol duty review and the potential for radical policy change if the Government follows through on its suggestions.

John is the Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group and Lead Director of the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health Economics and Decision Science. He completed his training in the University of York’s Social Policy department with a thesis focused on inequalities, risks and opportunities associated with young people’s internet use. He then spent one-year researching child poverty and well-being. Since 2010, he has worked at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield, where he has contributed key epidemiological evidence and policy analyses to national and international alcohol policy debates. In particular, he has worked on minimum unit pricing (MUP), other pricing policies and low risk drinking guidelines. He currently leads an evaluation of the impact of MUP on harmful drinkers in Scotland, research on drinking occasions, practices and culture, and a Wellcome Investigator Award examining the sharp decline in youth drinking.

Join the live session by clicking the link below.
The live session takes place in a Collaborate webinar - headphones are advisable and easy to set up. You can join with a computer, tablet or smartphone, Chrome and Firefox offer the best browser experience.

You can also use a phone to handle audio while in the session by dialling +44 2033 189610 and entering the PIN: 398 583 2702.
We look forward to seeing you online.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Job vacancy @ ScHARR - Research Associate / Fellow (Sheffield Alcohol Research Group)


Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Research Associate (G7) or Research Fellow (G8). SARG is an internationally leading centre for alcohol policy, epidemiological and health economic research, bringing together disciplines including public health, operational research, psychology, sociology, engineering, and economics. The group carries out innovative research relating to the prevention of physical and mental ill health caused by alcohol consumption, and more recently smoking. Founded in 2008, SARG is supported by a large number of grants from funders including the MRC, ESRC, NIHR and Wellcome.

The University of Sheffield has provided strategic funding for SARG to invest in developing its research programme. We are therefore seeking an experienced researcher to work closely with SARG’s senior management team to develop a number of research grant applications over an 18 month period. This will include a large consortium or programme grant.

As a Research Associate, you should have experience of leading or collaborating on research grant applications. As a Research Fellow, you should possess a sound understanding of all aspects of generating academic funding bids and have experience of successful grant applications and of submitting a large grant application as a lead or co-investigator (e.g. with a budget over £300k). At both levels, you should have experience of conducting rapid literature reviews, preparatory data exploration and analysis, and stakeholder engagement or co-production.

You should possess strong spoken and written communication skills for liaising with multiple partners and external bodies. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential. You should be able to independently plan and deliver work with minimal supervision and direction.

This role provides excellent opportunities to develop your career and shape your own future research programme. You will also engage routinely with policy stakeholders and participate in generating research impact within a supportive, flexible and friendly environment.

The post would suit a public health researcher with a strong grounding in epidemiology, health economics or related disciplines. An appreciation of wider public health policy and political considerations is desirable.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

To find out what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work, watch this short film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LblLk18zmo, and follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information.

To apply, click here

ScHARR ONLINE Course - Advanced Simulation Methods

Within healthcare decision-making, cohort Markov models and decision trees are frequently used. However, in some situations, these are not the most appropriate modelling methods. This course provides an in-depth review of individual-level simulation rationale, techniques and methodologies with a particular focus on discrete event simulation and its practical application to inform healthcare decision-making. From the fundamentals of a basic model, the course will progress to modelling complex systems, verification and interpreting output, as well as exploring alternative software options. 


Tuesday, 30th November - Thursday, 9th December 2021 (over 6 x half day sessions)

What does the course deliver?

This course aims to provide participants with the skills required to be able to undertake simulation projects to a professional level. It will be both theoretically-based and practically-based, with the use of the Simul8 software package. It will cover the use of discrete-event simulation to assess the impact of alternative options within a local system with resource constraints and the use of patient-level simulation for health economic modelling.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is primarily for health economic modellers who want to broaden their skill base, as well as healthcare decision-makers who would like to understand more about patient-level simulation and when it might be useful.

Participants must have a basic level of knowledge of health economic modelling in order to follow the course.

Course content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and practical use of Simul8, both following the lecturer and within individual exercises.​


Dr Hazel Squires is the current course leader for this ScHARR short course.

Professor Matt Stevenson

Sarah Davis

Dan Pollard

For more information and to book your place, please visit this page

Monday, 25 October 2021

Latest HEDS publications for September 2021

Here is our regular monthly trawl for new publications from HEDS in collaboration with colleagues in ScHARR and further afield. Many of these are currently in press, you can find much of our work in its open access form via our institutional repository. Find them here

Anderson, R., Booth, A., Eastwood, A., Rodgers, M., Shaw, L., Thompson Coon, J., Briscoe, S, Cantrell, A., Chambers, D., Goyder, E., Nunns, M., Preston, L., Raine, G., & Thomas, S. (2021). Synthesis for health services and policy : case studies in the scoping of reviews.
Health  Services and Delivery Research, 9(15), 1–84. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr09150

British Medical Journal  
Gray, A. J., Roobottom, C., Smith, J. E., Goodacre, S., Oatey, K., O’Brien, R., Storey, R. F., Curzen, N., Keating, L., Kardos, A., Felmeden, D., Lee, R. J., Thokala, P., Lewis, S. C., & Newby, D. E. (n.d.). Early computed tomography coronary angiography in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome: randomised controlled trial. BMJ, n2106–n2106. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2106

Kainz, B., Heinrich, M. P., Makropoulos, A., Oppenheimer, J., Mandegaran, R., Sankar, S., Deane, C., Mischkewitz, S., Al-Noor, F., Rawdin, A. C., Ruttloff, A., Stevenson, M. D., Klein-Weigel, P., & Curry, N. (2021). Non-invasive diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis from ultrasound imaging with machine learning. Npj Digital Medicine, 4(137). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-021-00503-7

Kaur, M. N., Skolasky, R. L., Powell, P. A., Xie, F., Huang, I.-C., Kuspinar, A., O’Dwyer, J. L., Cizik, A. M., & Rowen, D. (n.d.). Transforming challenges into opportunities: Conducting health preference research during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Quality of Life Research.

Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 

O’Reilly, A., Tibbs, M., Booth, A., Doyle, E., McKeague, B., & Moore, J. (2021). A rapid review investigating the potential impact of a pandemic on the mental health of young people aged 12–25 years.
Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 38(3), 192–207. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2020.106

        Opazo Breton, M., Gillespie, D., Pryce, R., Bogdanovica, I., Angus, C., Hernandez Alava, M., Brennan, A., & Britton, J. (2021). Understanding long‐term trends in smoking in England, 1972‐2019 : an age‐period‐cohort approach. Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15696

Powell, P., Carlton, J., Rowen, D., Brazier, J., Facey, K., Bayley, K., Chandler, F., Godfrey, J., & Crossley, E. (n.d.). Measuring What Matters – Little Evidence Supporting the Content Validity of EQ-5D in People with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Their Caregivers. Medical Decision Making.

Powell, P., Rowen, D., Rivero-Arias, O., Tsuchiya, A., & Brazier, J. (2021). Valuing child and adolescent health: a qualitative study on different perspectives and priorities taken by the adult general public. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 19(222). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-021-01858-x

Journal of Vascular Nursing
Rooney, G., Phillips, P., Wilson, E., & Michaels, J. (n.d.). A systematic review to identify anxiety measures for use in populations undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.
Journal of
Vascular Nursing

Rowen, D. (2021). Preference-Based Measures of Health-Related Quality of Life. In Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (pp. 1–3). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69909-7_2246-2

Sewalt, C. A., Gravesteijn, B. Y., Menon, D., Lingsma, H. F., Maas, A. I. R., Stocchetti, N., Venema, E., Lecky, F. E., Åkerlund, C., Amrein, K., Andelic, N., Andreassen, L., Anke, A., Antoni, A., Audibert, G., Azouvi, P., Azzolini, M. L., Bartels, R., Barzó, P., … Jones, K. (2021). Primary versus early secondary referral to a specialized neurotrauma center in patients with moderate/severe traumatic brain injury: a CENTER TBI study. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 29(113). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13049-021-00930-1

Wildman, M., O’Cathain, A., Maguire, C., Arden, M., Hutchings, M., Bradley, J., Walters, S., Whelan, P., Ainsworth, J., Buchan, I., Mandefield, L., Sutton, L., Tappenden, P., Elliott, R., Hoo, Z., Drabble, S., & Beever, D. (2021). Self-management intervention to reduce pulmonary exacerbations by supporting treatment adherence in adults with cystic fibrosis: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2021-217594

Medical Decision Making

Witteman, H. O., Ndjaboue, R., Vaisson, G., Dansokho, S. C., Arnold, B., Bridges, J. F. P., Comeau, S., Fagerlin, A.,             Gavaruzzi, T., Marcoux, M., Pieterse, A., Pignone, M., Provencher, T., Racine, C., Regier, D., Rochefort-Brihay,         C., Thokala, P., Weernink, M., White, D. B., … Jansen, J. (2021). Clarifying Values: An Updated and Expanded         Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Medical Decision Making, 41(7), 801–820.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X211037946

ISPOR Awards for Professor Ben van Hout and Dr Samer Kharroubi

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Ben van Hout
We are pleased to announce that Professor Ben van Hout and Honorary Reader in ScHARR,
Dr Samer Kharroubi have both been selected for prestigious awards by ISPOR.

Professor van Hout has received The ISPOR Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award which recognises an individual's outstanding, life-long achievement in the area of improving health outcomes. The ISPOR Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award is international in scope and stature. The award was established in honour of the late Avedis Donabedian, MD, MPH who has been called the "father of outcomes research."

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Samer Kharroubi 
Dr Kharroubi has received the LMIC Health Economics and Outcomes Research Excellence Award. Dr Kharroubi said of the award: “I am honoured and humbled to have received the ISPOR Low and Middle-Income Countries Health Economics and Outcomes Research Excellence Award. I feel truly privileged being an Honorary Reader in ScHARR at the University of Sheffield. I am forever indebted to my colleagues and long-standing collaborators at ScHARR and CHEBS including Prof John Brazier, Prof Alan Brennan, Prof Mark Strong, Prof Tony O’Hagan, Prof Jeremy Oakley, Prof Chris McCabe, Dr Donna Rowen and many others. Their earnest support and continuous encouragement have been and will always be a significant factor in my development. Without their continual support, none of this would have happened. For this, I am extremely grateful and more success stories to come!”

The ISPOR LMIC (Low- and Middle-Income Countries) Health Economics and Outcomes Research Excellence Award recognises individuals with demonstrated outstanding research achievements in the area of health economics and outcomes research in LMICs (as defined by the World Bank).

Both will be recognised for their awards during the Virtual ISPOR Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, December 7th at 10-11am EST.

Thursday, 21 October 2021

ScHARR ONLINE COURSE - Scoping Reviews, Mapping Reviews and Evidence Gap Maps (NEW)

Demand for evidence synthesis to inform practice, policy and research agendas has grown exponentially over the last three decades. In response, systematic review methods have evolved to meet the increasingly diverse types of questions that systematic review methods are being used to address.

An evidence synthesis approach that has emerged and is increasingly being used are mapping review and evidence gap maps (EGMs). These are new tools, which complement existing approaches in the family of systematic methods of reviewing evidence. Typically, they seek to address a broader research question, where multiple types of intervention may be evaluated, such as preterm birth, epilepsy or intimate partner violence.

EGMs provide a visual overview of existing evidence, schematically representing the types of interventions evaluated and outcomes reported. EGMs also provide a useful tool for informing judgement and evidence-based decision-making in policy and practice by identifying ‘gaps’ where there is little or no evidence available and where future research should focus.

While mapping reviews and EGMs have developed and been used to support policymaking in international development, they have a broader applicability, which has seen them used more widely, with clear applicability to the health sector.

What does the course deliver?

This 1-day short course provides an introduction to mapping reviews and EGMs, outlines the gap-map methodology, and presents some examples.


The purpose of this one-day short course is to introduce attendees to mapping reviews and EGMs, how they differ from other systematic reviews, examples of how they are used, methods, and how to produce an EGM.

Course content

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and an interactive exercise, with an opportunity for participants to work on developing the framework for an EGM.


Fiona Campbell is the course leader for this exciting 1-day short course.

Anthea Sutton

Dr Melanie Bond

For more information and to book your place, please visit this page.

ScHARR ONLINE Course - An Introduction to using Social Media to Communicate Research

The treadmill of academia is a relentless one: proposal, research, write, present and then hopefully publish before starting all over again, all in the hope that the research is recognised as being of good quality, worthy and valuable. There's one problem though - journals are not geared up for the modern online world of instant sharing and communication. Tools and ways of communicating research such as Twitter, YouTube, ResearchGate, Slideshare, blogging, infographics, animation and many others will be covered. The good news is they are mostly free and can work together to help research to reach a wider audience. That audience is not just academic peers, but publishers, editors, fund holders and the general public.

Course Overview

The aim of the workshop is to offer an introduction to the many tools you can use to help you communicate research and work smarter. The purpose of the day is to help attendees come away with a variety of tools and artefacts th
ey can use to help communicate and share their work. We will teach you basics of social media in an academic setting and demystify some of the barriers that may have put you off from using these tools in your work.

We will show you how to make the most from these technologies and show you how to find out alternative ways of discussing and communicating research. Attention will be paid to the various ethical issues to working more on the web from copyright and Creative Commons to making more use of your mobile device, from safety and security to how you conduct yourself online and netiquette.

Who will benefit from this course?

This short course will benefit a wide range of people including (but not exhaustive of):

  • Researchers 

  • Masters and PhD students 

  • Research Support Staff and Managers 

  • Library and Information Professionals 

  • Communications and Marketing Professionals


Andy Tattersall  (Jisc Social Media Superstar in UK Higher Education for 2017)

For more information and to book your place, please visit this page

ScHARR ONLINE Course - Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis

The aim of this popular and intensive course is to provide participants with an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis in health care.

Sessions will be delivered by ScHARR staff experienced in systematic review methods and health technology assessment. The course will be interactive and practical, with delivery of sessions based on lectures and individual and small group practical exercises.


Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th November 2021

The course comprises live online sessions, plus a series of short, self-directed exercises to be undertaken in addition to the live sessions.

Who will benefit from the course?

The course is suitable for researchers who require an introduction to methods for conducting systematic reviews in health care, and professionals who need to develop the ability to interpret and asses the quality of systematic reviews. The course is also suitable for:

  • Clinicians wanting to undertake their own systematic review
  • PhD students with a significant review component to their thesis
  • Members of academic systematic review teams
  • Pharmaceutical companies and consultancies requiring an understanding of review methods

No previous knowledge of systematic reviews or meta-analysis is assumed.

This course is relevant to anyone involved in systematic reviews. If you are specifically interested in qualitative evidence synthesis only, please see our ESQUIRE course.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • identify the key stages of the systematic review process
  • define a review question and understand how to develop a review protocol
  • describe methods for identifying sources of evidence for systematic reviews
  • develop a search strategy to identify relevant studies for a specific review question and understand how to conduct a literature search
  • apply inclusion criteria to identify relevant studies
  • undertake critical appraisal of evidence using standardised quality checklists
  • develop a data extraction form and extract relevant outcomes from reported studies
  • select appropriate methods of evidence synthesis and be able to describe and summarise key results
  • be familiar with statistical methods for analysis of quantitative data
  • explore the use of meta-analysis in data synthesis using computer software (RevMan)
  • understand potential sources of heterogeneity between included studies
  • be familiar with good practice in reporting of systematic reviews
  • critically appraise a systematic review.


Dr Marrissa Martyn-St James, is the course leader for this popular short course

Dr Andrew Booth

Other members of ScHARR staff to be confirmed

For more details and to book your place visit this page