Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews of RCTs are often regarded as the pinnacle of the hierarchy of evidence pyramid. Recent figures indicate that more than 75 trials and 11 systematic reviews are published daily, and this figure is on the increase. A sound understanding of the systematic reviews process is therefore a vital component in an oral researchers toolkit.

Pre-conference workshop

Conducting systematic reviews and network meta-analysis
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2018, 9:00-17:00

Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre,
KU Leuven, Leuven,
Dr. Tanya Walsh,
University of Manchester,
United Kingdom

Workshop aim: to illustrate aspects of ‘best practice’ in conducting and interpreting systematic reviews.

Target audience: methodologists and clinicians. No in-depth statistical methodology is assumed, although some knowledge of undertaking or reporting of meta-analysis would be beneficial.


Post-conference workshop

How to GRADE the evidence and make recommendation
Date: Friday 11 May 2018, 14:00-17:00

Prof. May CM Wong,
University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong
Prof. Helen Worthington,
Cochrane Oral Health,
United Kingdom

Workshop aim: to apply the GRADE approach in assessing the overall quality of evidence of a systematic review and how to deliver information through GRADE that will facilitate Guideline Development Groups making the recommendations.

Target audience: methodologists and clinicians with some knowledge of undertaking a systematic review would be beneficial.