Systematic review part II January 14th-15th 2019

How to conduct a Systematic Review?

Part II of the Systematic Review course focuses on practical aspects related to the conduct of (Cochrane) systematic reviews. It follows part I of this course ('Writing the protocol').
Using both plenary and practical sessions, participants learn how to perform a (Cochrane) systematic review, starting with doing the searches. They get hands-on training with the software for preparing and maintaining (Cochrane) reviews (Review Manager:

Date: Monday January 14th and Tuesday January 15th 2019 (2 days, 9h - 16h30)

Location: Rode Kruis Mechelen, Motstraat 40, 2800 Mechelen

Price: €200. You can make the costs payable to account number BE20 7340 3366 3756 (BIC: KREDBEBB) with the announcement 'SR II 2019 + name of participant'.

Programme: Systematic_Review_Part_II.pdf

Target population

Health care professionals and researchers actively involved in performing a Cochrane Systematic Review. Ideally, participants have already finished their protocol. This course is also open to authors of non-Cochrane systematic reviews.

Aim / Content

This course aims to provide knowledge so reviewers are able to perform and finalize a Cochrane Systematic Review. It covers all steps of such a review:

  • Searching and selecting studies;
  • Critical appraisal;
  • Data extraction;
  • Data-analysis, including pooling data, how to handle and interpret heterogeneity, publication bias;
  • Use of RevMan Software.

Participants are required:

  • To have finished the protocol of their Cochrane Systematic Review;
  • To have basic knowledge of systematic reviews (for example by participation in part I of this course 'Writing the protocol');
  • To have basic knowledge of the Review Manager software (for example, entering text for the protocol and importing and linking references).

Participants with a laptop are requested to install the RevMan software ( and bring their laptop to the course.

Hands-on experience

The course consists of plenary sessions and workshops. Participants get hands-on experience with all review steps. During the workshops use will be made from the RevMan software. There is ample time to discuss individual problems of ongoing Cochrane review projects with the teachers.


This course is taught in English.