2011 ACRM-ASNR Annual Conference
"Progress in Rehabilitation Research"
October 11-15, 2011
Assessing the Quality & Applicability of
Systematic Reviews Using a Systematic Approach
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 (8:00 am – 5:30 pm)
Course Director: Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Faculty: Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM, Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY; Alexander Libin, PhD, MS, MedStar Health Research Institute, Washington, DC; Mark Sherer, PhD, FACRM, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX
Clinicians, researchers and policy makers, who more and more are forced to rely on systematic reviews because of the ever-increasing professional literature, will finish the course with a better understanding of systematic reviews, and a tool to help them critically evaluate any reviews they may think of applying in their work.
Utilizing a combination of lectures and workgroups, this course will:
- Describe the process of creating systematic reviews
- Present and review a checklist and accompanying manual to help evaluate the applicability and quality of systematic reviews (including meta-analyses),
- Explain the reasons for various elements
- Practice using the checklist by evaluating a rehabilitation-relevant systematic review.
The course will not deal with the actual translation of systematic review results to practice, other than addressing the questions: is this review applicable to my question, does it address the problem, population, etc. that I deal with.
To support the attainment of knowledge, competence, and performance, the learner should be able to achieve the following objectives:
- Describe the importance of systematic reviews in contemporary clinical care, research and program administration.
- Elucidate the steps in a systematic review, and the pitfalls in each step that reviewers and potential users (readers) need to be aware of.
- Explain the nature of the components of the checklist and why they are important elements
- Use the checklist, applying it to a published systematic review.