Systematic review

09 May 2022 - 11 May 2022
(22.5 h)
campus Gasthuisberg (KULeuven)

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Systematic reviews are key elements in evidence-based healthcare. These literature reviews answer clearly defined questions, with explicit methods to identify, select, critically appraise, analyze and report data. This systematic approach distinguishes high-quality systematic reviews from traditional, so-called narrative, reviews and low-quality systematic reviews.

Cochrane is an international non-profit organization that produces and disseminates trusted systematic reviews, and advocate for its use ( The focus of Cochrane is on systematic reviews of research in health care and health policy. The Cochrane methodology is considered the gold standard in systematic review development. Cochrane Belgium provides guidance and support to researchers interested in performing a systematic review.

This 3-day course focuses on systematic reviews of interventions. It will teach you all about the different steps to take to perform a high-quality, methodologically sound and reliable systematic review. This hands-on course consists of plenary sessions and workshops on:

  • Writing your review protocol
  • Searching for studies
  • Selecting studies and collecting data
  • Introduction to risk of bias of randomized controlled trials
  • Analyzing the data and meta-analysis
  • Interpreting the findings and GRADE

The course, taught by systematic review experts, is filled with workshops and exercises, thus preparing you to get started immediately on your own systematic review.
For more information, visit the Cochrane Belgium website ( or contact the team at

Click here to find the detailed course programme. 


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • information management
    • research methods
    • publication skills


For whom?

  • PhD students and postdocs
  • max. 5 participants

When and where?

  • May 09 2022 : 9h00 - 16h45 - location : Campus Gasthuisberg : ALO Vesalius 06.100
  • May 10 2022 : 9h00 - 16h30 - location : Campus GHB : ALO PC 06.400
  • May 11 2022 : 9h00 - 16h30 - location : Campus GHB : ALO PC 06.200


  • You can register here until April 25, 2022
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

    • category 'scientific skills' - one compulsory elective course
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