UA Meta-Analysis Workshop Draw Diverse National Audience

Tucson, AZ - The UA College of Pharmacy’s Center for Health Outcomes & PharmacoEconomic Research (HOPE Center) completed their 6th annual Meta-Analysis Training Program last week on campus, co-sponsored this year by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).  The diverse group of 22 participants comprised physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, academic researchers, graduate and pharmacy students from the UA Health Sciences campuses, industry, and other universities nationwide. The team of experienced instructors included Dr. Christopher Lee, Associate Dean and Professor at Boston College (a former HOPE Center post-doctoral scholar); Jennifer Martin, UA Health Sciences Librarian; UA College of Pharmacy Professors Ivo Abraham and Marion Slack; and HOPE Center Research Scientist, Jason Hurwitz. The three-day course combined didactic learning with hands-on computer exercises. Participants spent time learning effective strategies for conducting and documenting literature searches, developing protocols and data collection tools, working with Excel datasets to generate and interpret results, and evaluating a published meta-analysis. Additional topics included estimates of effect, fixed and random effects, interpreting heterogeneity, examining bias, network meta-analysis, single case research, and meta-regression.