How to prepare a Systematic Review in reproductive medicine

Precongress Course 15

Course co-ordinators
Professor Cynthia Farquhar (University of Auckland, New Zealand)


Course type


Course description
This course will assist ESHRE members who have already have some understanding of systematic reviews and evidence based medicine to write a systematic review for treatment or diagnostic tests. There will be interactive group activities. The course will be limited to 50 people.


Target audience 
All ESHRE members who are interested in authoring systematic reviews in reproductive medicine. This includes clinicians, psychologists, laboratory scientists, and consumers.


Sunday 02 July 2017

Cindy M. Farquhar, New Zealand
09:00 - 09:05
Cindy M. Farquhar, New Zealand
09:05 - 09:30
Evidence based decision making – why do we need it in reproductive medicine
Ben W. Mol, Australia
09:30 - 10:00
Introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration and the Cochrane Library, and to Review Manager software
Cindy M. Farquhar, New Zealand
Helen Nagels, New Zealand
10:00 - 10:30
Steps in writing a Cochrane systematic review?
Andy Vail, United Kingdom
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30
Developing a question with exercise 1 - small group activity with feedback
Cindy M. Farquhar, New Zealand
11:30 - 12:30
How to read a study and assess the risk of bias?
Andy Vail, United Kingdom
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:15
Exercise 2: Critical appraisal of randomized controlled trials (2 different studies with risk of bias assessment) with feedback
Cindy M. Farquhar, New Zealand
Sarah Lensen, New Zealand
Andy Vail, United Kingdom
14:15 - 15:00
GRADE, publication bias
Andy Vail, United Kingdom
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
How to read the meta-analysis?
Madelon Van Wely, The Netherlands
16:00 - 16:45
Exercise 3: Critical appraisal of systematic reviews (2 different systematic reviews)
Cindy M. Farquhar, New Zealand
16:45 - 17:00