16-17 May 2019, Heidelberg, Germany - Workshop: Systematic reviews and economic evidence in public and global health

Where: Marsilius-Arkaden, INF 130.2, South Tower, 1st floor Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), Heidelberg University

When: 16-17 May 2019

Background: The evidence for making policy, program and practice decisions is best based on careful analyses and syntheses of multiple studies, including economic evidence. Hence, there is frequent need to systematically evaluate and synthesize a range of evidence on a specific topic, such as the effectiveness of interventions to treat malnutrition or the costs of tuberculosis care, or on a broader theme, e.g. road safety or urbanization and health. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be conducted to respond to a variety of questions: What is the extent of a problem? Which risk and protective factors are associated with specific conditions? How acceptable are certain interventions in different populations? Which interventions have been rigorously evaluated with what results? What works best, for whom, under what conditions, and at what cost? Well conducted, systematic reviews can become global public goods that provide accessible and reliable research summaries for policymakers, practitioners, public and research funders.

Objectives: The aim of this two-day workshop is to introduce the method of conducting a systematic review, including the systematic review of economic evidence. Key concepts will be learned using practical examples from public and global health. The workshop welcomes newcomers as well as researchers with experience on the topic.

Methods: The workshop will combine presentations and interactive sessions.

Registration: Please register for this workshop by sending an email to Stefan Kohler ([email protected]) by 30 April 2019, and suggesting a research question for a systematic review you may conduct. The are no fees for this workshop by the Campbell Collaboration and the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health.

The workshop is recognized with 3,5 QE for the MEDISS doctoral program.

Day 1:

Time Topic Format
08:30–09:00 Registration and choice of topic for group work  
09:00–09:15 Welcome and introduction Interactive session
09:15–10:30 Why are systematic reviews important? Presentation
10:30–10:45 Morning break  
10:45–11:15 Introduction to systematic reviews: case studies Interactive session
11:15–11:45 Introduction to Economic Evaluation Presentation
11:45–13:15 Global Health Economics Seminar (12:00–13:00 optional) The Social Value of Health Insurance – Results from Ghana Brown Bag Seminar
13:15–14:30 Role and relevance of economic evidence in Campbell/Cochrane reviews Presentation
14:30–15:00 Formulating research question for systematic reviews: the population, patient or problem, intervention, comparison, outcome, study design (PICOS) model Interactive session
15:00–15:15 Afternoon break  
15:15–15:45 Search strategies for systematic reviews Interactive session
15:45–16:15 Screening of studies and data extraction in systematic reviews Interactive session
16:15–17:15 Critical appraisal of RCT, observational and cost-effectiveness analysis studies Interactive session
17:15–17:30 End of the day quiz Interactive session


Day 2:

Time Topic Format
09:00–10:30 Introduction to effect size, forest plots, presentation of meta-analysis Presentation
10:30–10:45 Morning break Interactive session
10:45–11:30 Forest plot exercise Interactive session
11:30:12:00 Introduction to the process for registering a systematic review in the Campbell library Presentation
12:00–13:00 Working on systematic reviews Group work
13:00–14:00 Lunch break  
14:00–14:30 Working on systematic reviews
Group work
14:30–15:30 Presentations by participant groups on systematic reviews Presentation
15:30–15:45 Afternoon break  
15:45–16:15 Technical reporting standards in systematic reviews Presentation
16:15–17:00 Introduction to Evidence and Gap Maps (EGMs) Interactive session
17:00–17:30 End of day quiz, feedback, group photo Interactive session

About the instructors

Denny John is an Evidence Synthesis Specialist at the Campbell Collaboration, New Delhi. He is a trained physical therapist with higher qualifications in healthcare management and public health. He has delivered over 25 workshops in India, Nepal, Ghana, and Scotland attended by over 600 students and professionals on systematic reviews, economic evidence and health technology assessment. He has published systematic reviews in 3ie, Cochrane, Campbell, JBI and peer-review journals in the field of public health and social development. He is a Review Advisor, WHO Snakebite Envenoming Working Group; Advisory Member, Disability Coordinating Group, Campbell Collaboration; and Co-Chair, Early Career Network, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi). He is an Associate Editor with Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC), and BMC Public Health journals. He is a Co-Convener, Campbell and Cochrane Economic Methods Group (CCEMG).

Stefan Kohler is a research associate and global health and economics group leader at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. His research focuses on strengthening health systems and evaluating the impact of population health programs on health, economic and social outcomes. He co-organized a Global Health Economic seminar series (www.GHEcon.de) at Heidelberg University, which aims to bring together researchers, students, and practitioners from different disciplines with interest in global and local applications of economics to health. He is also an advisor at the Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health.

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