Diagnostic Systematic Review Workshop

An optional pre-workshop activity to the main GRADE Guidelines Workshop.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for all learners (guideline panel members, medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and faculty) interested in learning how to effectively read a systematic review of diagnostic accuracy studies and critically evaluate it. This pre-workshop will also introduce participants to the basics of conducting a systematic review of diagnostic accuracy studies and performing a meta-analysis.



After the course is completed you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy studies to evidence-based clinical practice
  • Identify the essential elements of a well-conducted systematic review
  • Describe and explore heterogeneity
  • Appraise the quality of the evidence
  • Interpret the structure of GRADE summary of findings tables for diagnosis
  • Apply the basic functionality of meta-analysis software

This is an optional activity and can only be booked in conjunction with the main guidelines workshop. Please check the appropriate box when registering and select the correct workshop fee that includes this additional course.

The pre-workshop starts at 8 am and ends at 12 noon (check-in: 7:30 am). The pre-workshop fee ($200 early bird; $250 thereafter) and includes one coffee break (lunch is not provided).