How to Conduct a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Psychological Interventions

The number of studies examining relevant research questions is staggering. Each year thousands of new randomized controlled trials are conducted, and endless numbers of epidemiological and experimental studies are published each year. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews can help researchers, but they can also prove useful for consumers and policymakers looking to draw conclusions on multiple studies.

Session 16 July to 17 July 2020
Course levelMaster, open to PhD staff and professionals
Co-ordinating lecturers                
Prof. Dr. Pim Cuijpers, Dr. Wouter van Ballegooijen, Niko Boumparis
Forms of tuitionLectures, discussions, group work
Forms of assessmenttba
Credits3 ECTS
Contact hours45 hours
Tuition fee€500, read more about what's included


How to apply
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This course is designed for researchers at Master’s or PhD students and other academic staff who work in the field of mental health care. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

The number of studies examining relevant research questions is staggering. Each year thousands of new randomized controlled trials are conducted, and endless numbers of epidemiological and experimental studies are published each year. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews can help researchers, but they can also prove useful for consumers and policymakers looking to draw conclusions on multiple studies. Meta-analyses have become a major tool for summarising results of scientific research, and they are widely used for making policy decisions, developing treatment guidelines, and setting priorities for new research. In this course, students will learn why meta-analyses are important and how to carry out the necessary steps to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Relevance of the course
Meta-analyses and systematic reviews are getting more and more important to summarize existing knowledge and translate that knowledge to clinical practice. Understanding and conducting meta-analyses and systematic reviews belongs to the core competencies of all researchers in the clinical field.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and insight into how to search for specific studies and randomized controlled trials in existing databases of scientific research.
  • Explain why meta-analyses are important.
  • Identify research questions which require the use of meta-analyses.
  • Apply the methodological skills necessary to analyze reports of earlier studies and assess the quality of these studies.
  • Conduct a simple meta-analysis.

Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with the following courses in session 2: