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Topics in Meta-analysis [ESP15]

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Start date

7 August 2017

End date

11 August 2017

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 mornings)

Course time

From 8:45 till 11:45


Prof. Matthias Egger, Prof. Olaf Dekkers

Course fee

€ 590


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Introductory level background in epidemiology and biostatistics.


  • Methodology

Course Materials

Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail.

Required book:
Systematic reviews in Health Care: Meta-analysis in context.
M.Egger, G. Davey Smith, D.G. Altman (Eds).
BMJ Publishing Group 2001. ISBN 978-0-7279-1488-0

A laptop and a calculator with LOG function are required.

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Faculty: Prof. Matthias Egger, MD PhD & Prof. Olaf Dekkers, MD PhD

Introductory lecture: Why do we need systematic reviews and meta-analyses?
Lecture / pen and paper practical: Measures of association
Lecture: Basic statistical methods

Computer practical Basic meta-analysis in Stata
Lecture / demonstration: Identifying relevant studies
Practical: Identifying relevant studies in PubMed

Lecture Assessing quality and risk of bias
Lecture The scope of meta-analysis: Meta-analysis of observational studies
Case study / group work: How good is this meta-analysis?
Case study / group presentations How good is this meta-analysis?
Lecture Explaining heterogeneity and detecting bias
Lecture / case study Individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis

Lecture Meta-analysis of dose-response relationships in epidemiology
Computer practical Advanced meta-analysis in Stata I & II