Training & consultancy

1. Courses

Systematic review

Our next course will be on October 18th, 19th and 20th 2021 in Leuven (planned as an in person event, but will be switched to online if needed). 

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for our 3-day course on Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Interventions. This course will teach you all about the different steps to take in order to perform a high-quality, methodologically sound and reliable literature overview.

This hands-on course consists of plenary sessions and workshops on:

  • Writing your review protocol
  • Searching for studies
  • Selecting studies and collecting data
  • Introduction to risk of bias
  • Analyzing the data and meta-analysis
  • Interpreting the findings and GRADE

Participants get hands-on experience with all review steps. There is ample time to discuss individual problems of ongoing (Cochrane) review projects with the instructors.

You can find the full program of the next course here. And click here for more information and registration.

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Our next course will be on Thursday November 25th 2021 (9-16.30h CEST) in Leuven .

Click here for more information and registration.

GRADE is a method to grade the certainty of evidence in a systematic review and the recommendations in a guideline. The GRADE method is developed by the international GRADE Working Group and is widely used by organizations active in the field of evidence-based medicine.

The target audience of this course is anyone who wants to learn more about the GRADE method or wants to use the GRADE methodology in their systematic review or guideline. Our course focuses on GRADE for intervention studies.

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2. Consultancy

Cochrane Belgium also offers personal guidance to authors of (Cochrane) systematic reviews. We definitely recommend you to follow our course ‘Systematic Review’ first. However, if you cannot participate in any of the future courses, if you have specific questions or if you are looking for support in developing your systematic review, we can still offer help. We charge a small fee to offset our personnel costs, but only after a free exploratory meeting.

We can offer assistance at any step of the review process, including:

  • selecting the topic and identifying the appropriate Cochrane Review Group;
  • developing the PICO question and establishing the inclusion and exclusion criteria;
  • developing the search strategy for different databases;
  • drafting and filing a Cochrane protocol;
  • extracting data for the selected studies;
  • analysing data, including meta-analysis;
  • assessing risk of bias and GRADE;
  • reporting.