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CEPI5315: Systematic Reviews

In this unit of study, we aim to introduce you to systematic reviews and meta-analyses of relevance to healthcare with a particular focus on systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials. Students can choose to learn in online or normal day (on-campus) mode. All students will work through four online modules, delivered over twelve weeks, addressing the following topics at an introductory level: What and why systematic reviews (and meta-analysis); How to formulate answerable healthcare questions and searching for systematic reviews; How a systematic review is conducted and understanding the principles of meta-analysis; and How to appraise, interpret and apply the results of systematic reviews (and meta-analyses). Students will have the opportunity to discuss unit of study learning materials in online tutorials or via weekly (on-campus) tutorials. Readings and other learning materials will be available via eLearning.

Code CEPI5315
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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CEPI5100 or PUBH5010 or CLTR5001
Prohibitions:
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CEPI5203 or CEPI5102 or CEPI5314

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand (at an introductory level) the what, why, and how of systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials (RCTs)
  • LO2. understand key elements of other 'types' of reviews
  • LO3. formulate answerable healthcare questions and undertake literature searching at an introductory level to locate systematic reviews and RCTs
  • LO4. undertake comprehensive literature searching required for a systematic review of RCTs
  • LO5. understand (at an introductory level) the what, why, and how of a meta-analysis of RCTs
  • LO6. understand (at an introductory level) how a meta- analysis of RCTs is conducted and reported
  • LO7. appraise the question and validity of a systematic review of RCTs
  • LO8. appraise and apply the results of a systematic review of RCTs.