Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Professor Rachelle Buchbinder


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Off-campus)


Critical appraisal of literature reviews; problem formulation and protocol development; intra-rater agreement for assessment of relevance; validity assessments; data collection forms; variation between study findings, combining the findings of independent studies, inferences based upon overviews; statistics of meta analysis, Cochrane Collaboration.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Formulate a structured question for a systematic review of randomised controlled trials, and understand the motivations for doing a systematic review;
  2. Develop a protocol (or planned methods) for a systematic review;
  3. Conduct a systematic review in a small group that conforms to accepted standards;
  4. Clearly report the systematic review;
  5. Assess the quality of systematic reviews conducted by others, and apply the results to clinical practice.


Group report of a systematic review of randomised controlled trials (60%)
Individual critical appraisal of a published literature review (20%)
Develop a protocol for a systematic review (10%)
Online participation in Moodle discussions (10%)

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