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Blogs (Jon Brassey)

Blog about rapid reviewing by Jon Brassey, editor of TRIP [Last checked: 6/7/17]


Scanning and Synthesis Course (FOLIO course run 2015)

This course covers compiling, analysing, evaluating, interpreting, and presenting information in evidence digests for a number of key health information audiences [Last checked: 6/7/17]

GRADE Online Learning Modules (McMaster University)

Online learning modules to help guideline developers and authors of systematic reviews learn how to use the GRADE approach to grade the evidence in systematic reviews [Last checked: 6/7/17]

Literature Searching MOOC (LIHNN)

Open access MOOC, to remain permanently on the internet. Has a section on summarising and synthesis [Last checked: 6/7/17]

Knowledge Broker Training (NHS Scotland)

Modular online course on summarising and synthesising by NHS Education Scotland. Login required. [Last checked: 6/7/17]

Review and Summarise Your Findings Quickly and Accurately (Tim Buckley-Owen)

Workshop on how to summarise and present search results. The course can be tailored to suit the audience requirements [Last checked: 6/7/17]

Sheffield University: SchARR (School of Health and Related Research)

Qualitative and quantitative synthesis. Fee paying bookable courses. [Last checked: 6/7/17]


Cochrane Library Handbook

The Cochrane Library contains six databases that contain different types of high-quality evidence. The Cochrane handbook explains how Cochrane reviews are produced [Last checked: 6/7/17]

University of York CRD: Systematic Reviews

In-depth guidance on how to carry out a systematic review [Last checked: 6/7/17]


Adams J; Hillier-Brown FC,; Moore HJ et al. (2016) Searching and synthesising ‘grey literature’ and ‘grey information’ in public health: Critical reflections on three case studies Systematic Reviews 5 (1)

On three previous occasions, we have attempted to systematically search for and synthesise public health grey literature and information—both to summarise the extent and nature of particular classes of interventions and to synthesise results of evaluations. Here, we briefly describe these three ‘case studies’ but focus on our post hoc critical reflections on searching for and synthesising grey literature and information garnered from our experiences of these case studies. We believe these reflections will be useful to future researchers working in this area. [Last checked: 6/7/17]

Evidence Synthesis for Decision Making. Parts 1 -7

A series of seven tutorial papers in the journal Medical Decision Making [Last checked: 6/7/17]


PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis)

Evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Provides a checklist and flow diagram. This also helps to develop understanding of research design. [Last checked: 6/7/17]

University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

CRD is a world renowned institute that produces policy relevant research and innovative methods that advance the use of research evidence to improve population health [Last checked: 6/7/17]