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JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program


Do you:

  • want to learn how to conduct and report a proper systemative review of the literature?
  • need help learning how to search systematically?
  • need to find evidence for a clinical guideline?
  • want to know how to perform a meta-analysis?
  • need tips on appraising research studies?

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program enables participants to learn how to conduct robust systematic reviews of different evidence types in order to provide the strongest possible evidence to inform decision making or clinical guidelines in health care.

We invite you to participate in the world-class systematic review training program, which incorporates both theory and hands-on experience. Throughout the program, you will learn how to develop a focused question, search for relevant literature, appraise and synthesize evidence arising from research. By the end of the program, you will have a completed protocol and be ready to commence your review!

Participants who successfully complete the program can become Certified Reviewers. Certified Reviewers are accredited for a period of two years as authors in the JBI Database and Implementation Reports (JBISRIR), a refereed online journal, the content of which is indexed in Embase, Scopus, Mosby's Index (Elsevier), CINAHL (EBSCO) and MEDLINE.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Robin Christian at

Cost of training program

Module 1: $250 (must take before you move on to the subsequent modules)

Module 2: $500

Module 3: $500

Program Modules

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program is a one, three or five-day program depending on your research needs or areas of interest.

Module 1: Introduction to Evidence-based Health Care and the Systematic Review of Evidence (day 1)

Course program: Learn about the origins and history of evidence-based health care, the work of JBI, evidence-based health care today, the importance of systematic reviews, creating systemative review protocols, and key material regarding searching the literature.

Module 2: The Systematic Review of Quantitative Evidence (day 2 and 3)

Course program: Learn about common research designs such as randomized controlled trials, how to critically appraise research, identify important sources of bias in research, introduction to statistics in evidence-based health care, learn when and how to conduct meta-analysis. Module 1 is a pre-requisite for Module 2.

Module 3: The Systematic Review of Evidence Generated by Qualitative Research, Narrative and Text (day 4 and 5)

Course program: Learn about the importance of qualitative research in health care, common qualitative research designs such as phenomenology and ethnography, how to critically appraise qualitative research, identify different methods for synthesizing qualitative research and learn when and how to perform a meta-aggregation or meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Module 1 attendance is a pre-requisite for Module 3.

Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program

October Training

Full program - October 22-26, 2018

Module 1: Introduction - October 22

Module 2: Quantitative - October 23-24

Module 3: Qualitative - October 25-26

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018

January Training

Full program - January 22-25, 2019

Module 1: Introduction - January 22

Module 2: Quantitative - January 23-24

Module 3: Qualitative - January 25

Registration Deadline: December 28, 2018

Hotel Information


Marriott Resident Inn Jackson
The District at Eastover
1248 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: 601-362-8003
Online reservation link for October Comprehensive Systematic Review Training

The conference rate is $114 per night, plus tax and fees. You may book your room directly by clicking the link above, or call the hotel.  If you contact the hotel directly, please refer to the UMC School of Nursing to receive the discounted rate.