National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

2011 ACRM-ASNR Annual Conference
"Progress in Rehabilitation Research"

Hyatt Regency
Atlanta, Georgia
October 11-15, 2011

Pre-Conference Symposium:

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:

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.

Learning Objectives:

To support the attainment of knowledge, competence, and performance, the learner should be able to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of systematic reviews in contemporary clinical care, research and program administration.
  2. Elucidate the steps in a systematic review, and the pitfalls in each step that reviewers and potential users (readers) need to be aware of.
  3. Explain the nature of the components of the checklist and why they are important elements
  4. Use the checklist, applying it to a published systematic review.
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NCDDR is funded by the
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Project Number: H133A060028
U.S. Department of Education