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Table 2 The final WS model

From: A model six-month workshop for developing systematic review protocols at teaching hospitals: action research and scholarly productivity

No. Agenda/Topic Objective Due at the next lecture
1 • Introduction to the workshop
• What kind of RQs can and cannot be addressed by SRs
• Preliminary search of existing SRs relevant to RQs
• How to structure RQs for SR
• Time management for research
• Understand what SR is
• Finding existing SRs
• Prepare some RQs
2 • How to develop a search strategy using the Cochrane Library • Develop a comprehensive search strategy • Preliminary search using structured search formulas and controlled words
3 • How to develop a search strategy using MEDLINE
• How to use reference manager
• Develop a comprehensive search strategy • Develop a comprehensive search strategy
4 • How to develop inclusion and exclusion criteria
• Understanding review teams
• Develop inclusion and exclusion criteria for the review • Develop inclusion and exclusion criteria
5 • How to assess risk of bias
• How to use search formulas from previous SRs
• Understand how to assess risk of bias • Experience risk-of-bias assessment with examples
6 • How to perform meta-analyses
• How to deal with heterogeneity
• How to deal with publication bias
• Understand how to deal with publication bias
• Understand how to perform data synthesis
• Perform meta-analysis using a prepared dataset
• Revise drafted protocol sections
7 • How to synthesize results in a narrative • Understand how to present SR results • Revise drafted protocol sections
8 • Understanding the principles of GRADE
• How to prepare the Summary of Findings table
• How to register the protocol in a systematic review registry
• Understand how to assess the quality of evidence using the GRADE approach
• Understand how to present SR results
• Revise drafted protocol sections
9 • Presentation day for protocols   • Revise drafted protocol sections
  1. RQ Research question, SR Systematic review, GRADE Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation