Short course: Primer in systematic reviews

The primer in systematic review course is interactive, fun and informative. Whether you are a clinician, policy maker or researcher, if you want to know more about finding, appraising, and using the best available evidence then this course is for you.

The course aims for participants to find, appraise, interpret and consider the use of systematic reviews of effects.
The course duration is 6 weeks (excluding orientation) and requires about 2-4 hours of effort a week.
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Outline the rationale for research synthesis and phrasing questions
2. Identity the principles of randomised controlled trials and risk of bias
3. Find, read and appraise systematic reviews (SRs)
4. Interpret findings of reviews of effects, including statistical interpretation of meta-analysis
5. Be able to interpret a GRADE profile and Summary of Findings table
6. Outline key components of a systematic review of effects that need to be considered in applying to health policy and practice.

Upon successful completion of the course and assessment, participants receive a certificate of competence from Stellenbosch University.

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The course runs from 23 April – 9 July, cost is R2000 or $155. For application details, contact Liesel Esterhuizen (