Methodological Basis of Health Technology Assessment
Students will be provided with a detailed overview of the methodological basis of undertaking systematic reviews and health technology assessments. Areas that will be covered include: methods of literature searching; publication and related biases; approaches to study selection and data extraction; assessment of quality of trials (and other study designs); data synthesis and analysis methods including meta-analysis; report writing and approaches to the dissemination and implementation of findings.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
• Define a systematic review question and develop criteria for study selection
• Plan and undertake a search for high quality evidence relating to a topic of healthcare effectiveness
• Recognise the strengths and limitations of different types of healthcare evidence and be able to interpret their findings in the context of study quality
• Gain an understanding of the methodological issues and potential biases associated with systematic reviews of different study designs including randomised controlled trials, observational studies, diagnostic test accuracy studies and qualitative research
• Understand how to undertake a meta-analysis of a group of clinical trials and related analyses such as indirect and mixed treatment comparisons
• Use STATA® and Review Manager (RevMan) software for meta-analysis
• Prepare a protocol for a systematic review/health technology assessment
Module Attendance Required
2 block weeks of teaching
2013-14 : 25th -29th November 2013 AND 13th – 17th January 2014
One written assignment and one exam taking place in May 2014.
Dr Yen-Fu Chen and Dr Janine Dretzke
Stand Alone Course
This module can be taken as a standalone course. In the past, course participants have included people working in HTA organisations, health care or the pharmaceutical industry, and Masters and PhD students who intend to undertake a systematic review.
To apply, please contact the Programme Coordinator on 0121 414 7577 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module. For further information on fees and entry requirements, please contact the Programme Coordinator. The module can be taken as assessed or non assessed.