Statistical methods training for statisticians supporting CRGs 2016

17-18th March 2016
Birmingham, UK

The Cochrane Statistical Methods Group ran a two day workshop for Cochrane statisticians who provide support to Collaborative Review Groups or Centres within Cochrane. The course was organised by the Co-Convenors of the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group : Joseph Beyene, Jo McKenzie, Catrin Tudur-Smith and Georgia Salanti.

The course was taught by several experienced statisticians covering a range of advanced issues in meta-analysis. In addition, one session was devoted to discussion of issues related to statistical contribution to Collaborative Review Groups. In total, 30 participants attended from 8 countries. The course outline and PDFs of the presentations are available below.

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Course outline


Session 1: Estimating and interpreting heterogeneity and summary effects
Wolfgang Viechbauer (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Session 2: Explaining heterogeneity
Julian Higgins (University of Bristol, UK)

Session 3: Dealing with small studies
Julian Higgins (University of Bristol, UK)


Session 4: Challenges in continuous outcomes
Jo McKenzie (Monash University, Australia)
oseph Beyenne (McMaster University, Canada)

Session 5: Missing data
Georgia Salanti (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Session 6: Meta-analysis of IPD
Catrin Tudur-Smith (University of Liverpool, UK)

Session 7: Common statistical issues in Cochrane reviews; statistical contribution to CRGs
Kerry Dwan (Cochrane Editorial Unit, UK)