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.
|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|
|10:45–11:15||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|
|15:15–15:45||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|
|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|
|14:00–14:30||Working on systematic reviews||
|14:30–15:30||Presentations by participant groups on systematic reviews||Presentation|
|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.