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Training Modules for the Systematic Reviews Methods Guide


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

Topic Refinement

Analytic Frameworks

Study Eligibility Criteria

Searching for Relevant Studies

When To Select Observational Studies as Evidence

Data Extraction

Assessing the Quality of Individual Studies

Assessing Applicability

Presentation of Findings

Quantitative Synthesis (I)

Quantitative Synthesis (II)

Strength of Evidence

Reporting the Review

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