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Monday 12 February 2024

Literature review and basic meta-analysis skills will be held in the computer lab at the University of Otago, Wellington and will cover the key steps around conducting a literature review and then a meta-analysis.

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Topics covered

  • Managing identified literature in EndNote
  • Using the PRISMA Checklist (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses)
  • Use of RevMan to prepare and conduct a meta-analysis

Style of teaching

Computer lab hands-on course combining theory, discussion and practical exercises.

Who should attend?

  • Those wanting to perform literature reviews that feed into meta-analyses
  • Those wanting to understand the basic components of performing a meta-analysis (whether or not they end up doing them)

Draft timetable

8:30am Registration  
9:00am Literature review: an introduction
Searching for evidence
Vanessa Jordan
10:30am Morning tea 
11:00am Searching practical
Vanessa Jordan
12:30pm Lunch break 
1:30pm Appraising the quality of systematic reviews
Practical exercise
Vanessa Jordan
3:00pm Afternoon tea 
3:30pm RevMan – introduction and practical Vanessa Jordan
5:00pm Finish  


This course will be held in-person at the Wellington campus of University of Otago in Mein Street, Newtown (next to Wellington Regional Hospital). Specific directions to the course reception/room will be sent the week before the course start.

Teaching staff

  • Dr Vanessa Jordan (Cochrane Fellow, University of Auckland), possibly with some assistance from others for specific case studies

Course cost and registration

$375 early bird, $500 after Wednesday 20 December 2023.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

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For more information please contact the course convenor

Contact name
Vanessa Jordan
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