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Systematic critical literature review

Background:
All PhD students will at some time have to deal critically with a (fairly) large number of scientific articles. After you have read article number two, you find that you have forgotten what the first article was about, and after having read number three, also the message and finer details of article number two are gone! Fortunately, there is a simple system for how to deal with this.

Some of you will be required to perform formal systematic literature reviews, as part of your PhD project. A number of “official” checklists suitable for different study designs exist for this purpose. You can therefore often select the appropriate list and just read your articles according to these. However, research is about thinking and solving problems and not sticking to recipes without further thought!

Aims of the course:
The purpose of this one-day course is to make you familiar with different types of checklists. It will give you an understanding of what a systematic and critical literature review is. If you later will use an already established checklist, you will have an understanding of how it is built up, how it is used, and how the collected information should be interpreted.

Contents:
In this course you will therefore be asked to design your own checklists in relation to a) the description of the studies you will read, b) the quality of these studies, taking into account the relevant methodological aspects of the particular study design of your articles, c) the results of your studies. This checklist will not be the final product, but it will show you how to go about it.

We shall thereafter discuss how you can interpret the information that you collected.

Format:
The format of the course is that of a workshop. You will be asked to work in teams and there will be free discussions in and between the teams.

Preparations:
For this purpose you will bring three research articles to the workshop on one of the topics that interest you. (NB. Do NOT bring any literature reviews or discussion papers; your articles should be original research articles and preferably all three should use the same study design.) You will use these articles to create your own three checklists.

ECTS-credits: 0,7

Course director: Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Course fee:
The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement".
For other participants there is a course fee of DKK 2329,-

 

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