About Systematic Review Workshops

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has been offering systematic review workshops since 2001. The workshops are designed to teach participants how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review.

Upon completion of a workshop, participants should have the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • plan and carry out a basic systematic review
  • understand the appropriate methods for more complex analysis
  • interpret the results of a meta-analysis
  • accurately communicate the results and interpretation of a review.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers (epidemiologists, statisticians) with a general interest in the methodology of systematic reviews and for those planning to conduct a systematic review in the future.


The three-day workshop combines a series of short lectures and exercises, led by Institute staff and invited lecturers from Canada and Europe. Extensive handout materials are provided.

Topics include*

  • Evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews and the Cochrane Collaboration
  • Literature searches
  • Study selection
  • Methodological quality of randomized controlled trials
  • Combining studies with and without meta-analysis
  • Reporting of systematic reviews
  • Systematic reviews of observational studies
  • Clinical and statistical homogeneity
  • Best-evidence synthesis
  • Software for conducting meta-analysis and systematic reviews
  • Conflicting conclusions from systematic reviews of the same topic
  • Critical appraisal of systematic reviews
  • Dissemination, implementation and guidelines
* A final agenda is circulated prior to a workshop.