Saturday, March 5, 2022

U.S. GRADE Network Holds Its First Two-Day Systematic Review Workshop

In response to popular demand, the U.S. GRADE Network recently expanded its half-day course on systematic reviews into a two-day virtual workshop. Taking place over February 1-2, 2022, the sessions comprised six total hours of instructional time and question-and-answer sessions with Network faculty in addition to three hours of hands-on activities in a small-group format. Large-group lectures ranged from developing a focused clinical question to conducting meta-analysis and evaluating the quality of systematic reviews. In hands-on sessions of ten participants each, attendees were introduced to a free online screening platform (Rayyan) and tried their hands at assessing risk of bias and conducting meta-analysis in RevMan, a free systematic review and meta-analysis software from Cochrane.

As part of the program, the Evidence Foundation welcomed three recipients of scholarships to attend the workshop free of charge. As part of their applications, the scholars described a current or proposed project for a systematic review. The three recipients, along with their projects, included:
• Bryden Giving, MAOT, OTR/L (Boston University): A traffic light of evidence for occupational therapy interventions supporting autistic children and youth
• Nirjhar Ruth Ghosh, MS (Texas A&M University): Evidence-based practice in the field of nutrition: A systematic review of knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and teaching strategies
• Milton A. Romero-Robles (Universidad Nacional del Santa): Participation, involvement and main barriers in the inclusion of patients with non-communicable diseases in the development of clinical practice guidelines: A systematic review protocol

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Note: applications for scholarships to attend the upcoming GRADE Guideline Development Workshop held July 29-July, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois, close March 31. See application details here.