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JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Workshop

Posted by Terry Murray-Arnold on January 5, 2018 in Events

May 14 ‐ 18, 2018: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Aligning Health Needs and Evidence for Transformative Change (AH-NET-C): A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence will be hosting a JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training workshop at Dalhousie May 14-18, 2018. The workshop is open to Nursing and other schools/units within the Faculty of Health as well as external participants.

AH‐NET‐C offers comprehensive systematic review training (CSRT) featuring the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) methodology for evidence synthesis. The intensive, 5‐day workshop is designed to prepare health sciences researchers, clinicians, librarians, graduate students and other individuals involved in quality and practice portfolios to develop, conduct and report systematic reviews of evidence. Certified reviewers may become authorized reviewers in the Institute’s peer reviewed journal, the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports (JBISRIR), which is indexed in Embase, Scopus, Mosby’s Index (Elsevier), CINAHL (EBSCO) and Medline.

This activity‐driven program includes rigorous methods and tools to appraise and synthesize evidence from research literature and documentary sources. Participants gain hands‐on experience in drafting a systematic review protocol, including definition of the question(s) and search, retrieval, and selection of research for the review. Participants will critically analyze sample quantitative and qualitative research and expert opinion papers as part of the review process and be introduced to JBI software for performing meta‐analysis and meta‐synthesis of selected studies. Attendees will also examine the nature of evidence and its role in healthcare to further understand how evidence transfers into health care practice.

Course Content:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Evidence‐Based Healthcare
  • Module 2: The Systematic Review of Evidence Generated through Quantitative Research
  • Module 3: The Systematic Review of Evidence Generated by Qualitative Research, Narrative and Text

Participants learn to:

  • Use JBI software tools to draft a systematic review protocol, including identifying a question, searching,
    retrieving and selecting research for the review
  • Critically appraise sample quantitative and qualitative research and text and opinion as part of the review process
  • Use JBI software to perform a meta‐analysis and meta‐synthesis of selected studies

Sessions include:

  • Overview of Knowledge to Action
  • Overview of Evidence Based Practice
  • Designing Protocols for Systematic Review
  • Systematic Review of Quantitative Evidence
  • Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence
  • Systematic Review of Text and Opinion

AH‐NET‐C JBI Certified Instructor:
Janet Curran, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, AH‐NET‐C, Co‐Director

Full 5‐day attendance is required to obtain JBI Reviewer certification. Participants present review protocols on the final day of class. Graduates receive a one‐year SUMARI license. Students of a JBI Collaborating Centre and conducting a systematic review as part of their studies receive a maximum three‐year SUMARI license. JBI Certification is included in the cost of the program.

Application and Payment:
The participant fee is $1500 (CDN) + HST ($225) which includes 5 days instruction, JBI Certification, access/license to the JBI software, course materials, lunch and refreshment breaks.Attendees are responsible for their accommodation and transportation.

1. All applicants must complete the CSRT application form 
[PDF - 110kB] and email it to AH‐NET‐C Please cc
2. Payment in full (by cheque) is due 6 weeks in advance to confirm a seat in the program. For payment by means other than cheque, once payment facilities have been finalized, you will be sent information on how to forward payment in order to secure your seat.

Please note: Workshop registration is closed.


  • HST (15%) is applied to the fee making total $1,725 (CDN funds). Please note: Payment is nonrefundable for cancellations received within one month of scheduled program.
  • Graduate students in the Dalhousie Nursing program should first consult their faculty advisor/supervisor re: registration and payment arrangements.
  • Graduate students in the Dalhousie MScN & PhD programs should first consult their supervisor re: registration and payment arrangements.
  • International Applicants: Please contact and cc for registration information.

Course will be offered based on a minimum number of attendees.  Class size is limited. Want more info? Email