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Topics in Meta-analysis [ESP15]

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Start date

21 August 2023

End date

25 August 2023

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 mornings)

Course time

From 8:45 till 11:45 CEST


Prof. Matthias Egger, Prof. Georgia Salanti

Course fee

€ 770


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Introductory level background in epidemiology and biostatistics.


  • Methodology

Course Materials

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

Recommended book (purchase is not required):

M Egger, JPT Higgins, G Davey Smith. Systematic Research in Health Research: Meta-analysis in Context. John Wiley & Sons, 2022.

A laptop is required.

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Faculty: Prof. Matthias Egger, MD MSc, Prof. Georgia Salanti, PhD

This course introduces the principles of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, with a focus on the potentials and limitations of this study design, including the problematic, massive rise of such analyses in the literature. The identification and exploration of between-study heterogeneity and of sources of bias, and the issues arising in meta-analysis of observational studies and in network meta-analysis will be covered.

The format of the course includes lectures and the critical appraisal of published meta-analyses in groups. Hands-on practicals in R cover basic meta-analysis, meta-regression and network meta-analysis, The course is based on the third edition of the book "Systematic Reviews in Health Research: Meta-Analysis in Context (John Wiley & Sons, 2022), but students do not need to purchase the book.

This course is primarily of interest to health researchers but also a resource for practitioners, students and instructors in the health sciences needing to understand research synthesis. After successful completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of systematic reviews and meta-analysis and be able to conduct their own, state-of-the-art analyses.