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Lincoln Institute for Health Systematic Review Workshops



The Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) Systematic Review Training Programme has been designed to introduce the key principles of systematic reviews including how to develop a systematic review protocol and interpret the results of a meta-analysis. This will be done through a series of short interactive activities and lectures. Topics include;

  • Resources required to conduct a review 
  • Formulation of an answerable question
  • Importance of, and adherence to ‘the protocol’
  • Search strategies and comprehensive literature searching
  • Identification, and recording of included and excluded research
  • Data extraction tools
  • Understanding the role of critical appraisal and risk of bias
  • Synthesising the evidence

Upon completion of the training programme participants will have the skillset to plan and conduct a systematic review of their chosen research topic. In addition to being provided with a training manual there is also the opportunity to continue to receive support from LIH staff (terms and conditions may apply!). We would welcome you on this training program if you are considering developing a health related systematic review to support a research proposal, for publication in a peer reviewed journal, as a chapter in your thesis or to guide you in best practice.

For further information please contact Dr Arwel Jones and Dr Ffion Curtis:

Published and on-going reviews:

Hannah, M.L. Young, Daniel S. March, Matthew P.M. Graham-Brown, Arwel W. Jones, Ffion, Curtis, Charlotte S. Grantham, Darren, R. Churchward, Patrick Highton, Alice, C. Smith, Sally J. Singh, Chris Bridle and James O. Burton. (2018) Effects of Intradialytic cycling exercise on exercise capacity, quality of life, physical function and cardiovascular measures in adult haemodialysis patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfyo45

Robinson, Hayley and Williams, Veronika and Curtis, Ffion and Bridle, Christopher and Jones, Arwel (2018) Facilitators and barriers to physical activity following pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD: a systematic review of qualitative studies. npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine . ISSN ISSN 2055-1010 (online)

Jenkins, Alex and Gowler, Holly and Curtis, Ffion and Holden, Neil and Bridle, Christopher and Jones, Arwel (2018) Efficacy of supervised maintenance exercise following pulmonary rehabilitation on health-care use: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of COPD (13). pp. 257-273. ISSN 1176-9106

Jones, Arwel W. and March, Daniel S. and Curtis, Ffion and Bridle, Christopher (2016) Bovine colostrum supplementation and upper respiratory symptoms during exercise training: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 8 (21). ISSN 2052-1847


Cooke, Samuel and Curtis, Ffion and Bridle, Christopher and Jones, Arwel and Robinson, Hayley and Simmons, Laura (2017) Investigating the effect of exercise, cognitive, and dual-task interventions upon cognitive function in type 2 diabetes mellitus: systematic review protocol. PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews . ISSN .

Nelson, David and Mcgonagle, Ian and Curtis, Ffion and Jones, Arwel and Kane, Ros and Maclean, Shona (2017) Barriers and facilitators to self-management in people living with and beyond cancer (PLWABC): a systematic review of qualitative evidence (PROTOCOL). PROSPERO International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews . ISSN .

Keogh, Sophie, Curtis, Ffion and Siriwardena, Niro and and Nadkarni, Amulya and Jha, Mithilesh and Bridle, Christopher (2017) Effects of non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia in children with Autistic Spectrum Condition. PROSPERO . ISSN 1358-6785