Systematic Reviews of Non-research Evidence (Expert Opinion & Policy Documents) Workshop, 8 February 2019

Systematic reviews of non-research evidence are a powerful tool for gaining a comprehensive synthesis of the state of knowledge on a research question. They are particularly relevant to health and medical researchers, especially when the research question is unlikely to be covered in the peer-review literature because the area of study is very new, the area of research concerns health policy, health services or health systems.

The NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability and NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digital Health hosted a one-day workshop to demonstrate how to create impactful systematic reviews of non-research evidence.

In this sold-out workshop, Dr Catalin Tufunaru and Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski gave participants hands-on experience in critically evaluating non-research papers and preparing systematic reviews of the non-research literature.

Over the course of the day, the participants learned the steps involved in researching and writing systematic reviews from protocol writing to searching, data extraction and critical appraisal as well as data synthesis and report writing.

Participants found the day very informative and worthwhile. One attendee commented, “There was a lot packed in to the day, which I was grateful for, as it was all extremely useful,” and another remarked, “Catalin was a fantastic presenter, very knowledgeable and engaging.”

Due to the popularity of this workshop, the Centre is planning to hold a second session later in the year.

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