Due to greater interest in comparative effectiveness research and a desire to expand capacity to conduct Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, AHRQ has produced training modules to familiarize new investigators with the methodological framework and guidance outlined in AHRQ's Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews.
The training modules below can be used by faculty engaged in educating investigators and clinicians interested in systematic review methods.
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The AHRQ Training Modules for the Systematic Reviews Methods Guide: An Introduction
- Presentation slides (PPT; 5.8 MB)
Study Eligibility Criteria
Searching for Relevant Studies
When To Select Observational Studies as Evidence
Prioritization and Selection of Harms
Assessing the Quality of Individual Studies
Presentation of Findings
- Learning Objectives and Recommendations (PDF, 344 MB)
- Chapter 1. Decision To Combine Trials (PDF, 385 MB)
- Chapter 2. Presenting Different Effects for Different Data Types (PDF, 225 MB)
- Chapter 3. Choice of Statistical Model for Combining Studies (PDF, 168 MB)
- Chapter 4. Quantifying, Testing, and Exploring Statistical Heterogeneity (PDF, 376 MB)
- Chapter 5. Network Meta-Analysis (PDF, 256 MB)
- Assessing the Risk of Bias in Systematic Reviews of Health Care Interventions (PDF, 296 KB)
Strength of Evidence
Reporting the Review
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