Sidra Medical and Research Center’s Systematic Review Group was established in 2015 with a mission to promote the science and practice of evidence-based healthcare. This intensive two-day workshop will introduce the key principles of systematic review and meta-analysis for published research. Delivered through presentations and exercises, the workshop will give participants the basic skills to understand the principles of systematic reviews and how to perform a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.


What you will learn

The workshop will cover the following areas:

  • what is a systematic review and what is a meta-analysis
  • systematic review question formulation
  • defining inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • searching the literature
  • data extraction
  • assessing the quality of the evidence (including risk of bias and heterogeneity)
  • meta-analysis of intervention studies (including practical exercise)
  • reporting and presenting a systematic review


This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity with

12.5 CME hours


Please download and complete the registration form by clicking the registration button below.  Send the form by clicking submit button inside the form.

An invoice will be issued on receipt of the registration form.  Your place on the course will be confirmed once payment has been received.

Registration fee:  QAR 300 = $ 83



By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain what a systematic review is and when it should be undertaken.
  • Formulate a clear question for a systematic review.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in searching for and identifying evidence to answer a specific question.
  • Assess the quality/validity of the evidence.
  • Know the principles of data extraction for a systematic review.
  • Identify, describe and discuss sources of heterogeneity among the studies in a systematic review.
  • Perform a meta-analysis of data from intervention studies.
  • Conduct, report and update a systematic review.
  • Use this knowledge to assess the quality of systematic reviews done by others.
  • Understand how systematic reviews may be used to inform changes in clinical practice.


Who should apply?

All healthcare professionals (multi-disciplinary) and all specialties including:

  • all levels and grades of doctors
  • medical students
  • nurses and midwives
  • pharmacists
  • allied health professionals
  • researchers
  • methodologists
  • people involved in quality improvement
  • people involved in making healthcare decisions

This workshop is suitable for those who are new to systematic reviewing, or require a refresher session.  Some knowledge of basic research methods is required.


Organizing Committee

  • Anthony Akobeng, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Sidra Medical & Research Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha (Course Director)
  • Karen Neves, Clinical Librarian, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha
  • Manoj Mohan, Attending Physician in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha
  • Karima Chaabna, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha
  • Leena Amine, Clinical Pharmacist, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha
  • Bernd Reischert, Attending Physician in Neonataology, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha

Starts / Ends

On       October 26, 2016
Until       October 27, 2016

7:00 am – 3:30 pm


Venue Location

Sidra Medical and Research Center
Education City
Sidra Outpatient Clinic
Level 6
Room 301 A&B