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HPER71-115: Systematic Review


In this subject, you will learn why systematic reviews are at the top of the evidence pyramid, how to critically appraise their quality, how to understand and interpret quantitative results, and how to plan to conduct a systematic review.  You will also learn all the practical steps involved in conducting a systematic review, such as screening, selecting, and extracting data, and the tools that are used to speed up the process. The subject content is created, curated, and facilitated by researchers at the Institute for Evidence Based Healthcare. The two one-day intensive workshops are intended to solidify your content knowledge, support the protocol preparation, and facilitate practical skills development. Conducting a systematic review is a team sport, and this subject will equip you to be a valuable member of a review team.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: HPER71-115
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
  • Medicine

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and justify different types of reviews.
  2. Identify and apply appropriate quality assessment tools.
  3. Apply and interpret common statistics used in quantitative systematic reviews.
  4. Critically appraise a systematic review.
  5. Write a systematic review protocol for a specific research question.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

HPER71-110 Evidence Based Practice and Policy or equivalent