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CPD event: Supporting quality in systematic reviews and other research by Dr Valerie Smith

The HSLG Committee are delighted to offer a one day workshop on ‘Supporting quality in systematic reviews and other research’
By Dr Valerie Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Date: Friday 24 November 2017
Time: 09.30- 15.30
Venue: HRB Boardroom, Grattan House, 67-72 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2

09.30 – Registration
10.00 – 12.30 (with 15 min coffee break)
12.30 –13.30 lunch
13.30 –15.30

Content will include:
• Hierarchy of evidence and systematic reviews: developments to date
• Overview of search methods (including Cochrane criteria)
• Appraising the methodological quality of research studies
• Reporting guidelines and checklists

This CPD event is €10 for HSLG members and €20 for others.

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Courses · Events · Systematic Reviews

Systematic Reviews for Beginners

Date & Time: Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10am – 1pm

Location: systematic reviewHealth Sciences Library, UCD- Room D111

This is a half day hands on workshop targeted to MLIS students and recent graduates who want to obtain an overview of the subject of Systematic Reviews. The workshop is led by 3 experienced librarians in this area; Jane Burns, UCD/RCSI, Anne Madden, UCD/St. Vincent’s and Diarmuid Stokes, UCD Liaison Librarian. There are PCs available in the training room so no need to bring your own. The broad topics covered are:

1. Defining Systematic Reviews and what they are about (Jane Burns)

Types and how to decide what to use Tools and Resources (Instruments, etc. )Searching Tips

2. Resources- how and what to use (Diarmuid Stokes)

Databases EndNote (just an overview)

3. Practice Exercises (Anne Madden)

4. What’s in for you as a Librarian? Workshop Wrap up (Jane Burns)

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Systematic Reviews

Systematic Reviews don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

Team Ireland had a very successful sojourn in sunny Seville last week for the EAHIL 2016 Conference. In total there were 6 of us there, so expect to hear some reports in HINT and other for a in the coming months.

As you can imagine, there were lots of really interesting presentations and poster – many soon to be uploaded onto the EAHIL conference website

I thought you might be interested in this blog post by Cambridge health librarian Isla Kuhn which came about in response to a presented paper on the quality of reporting of systematic reviews.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

It is well worth a read and there are useful links to all the standards for reporting SRs and search strategies – always handy to have on standby.

I also suggest reading her other blog posts – there are lots covering presentations from the latest EAHIL, all well worth reading.

Also, you may also be interested in (yet another!) Database of Systematic Reviews

Epistemonikos is a collaborative, multilingual database of research evidence and knowledge translation products. Epistemonikos was developed and is maintained by systematically searching electronic databases and other sources for relevant systematic reviews and broad syntheses of reviews.

The aim of Epistemonikos is to provide rapid access to systematic reviews in health. You can read an interesting paper presented by Hilde Stromme comparing Epistemonikos to the Cochrane Library as soon as the papers are uploaded.

Louise Farragher