The HOPE Center held its first training program on meta-analysis Aug. 12-14, 2014. The program’s 33 attendees used hands-on techniques and Microsoft Excel software to learn meta-analytic techniques. Visiting faculty included Christopher Lee, former postgraduate fellow at the HOPE Center who is currently an associate professor of nursing and cardiovascular medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Faculty from COP included Marion Slack, Ivo Abraham, Sandipan Bhattacharjee and Jennifer Martin.
The three-day course was a combination of lectures and computer exercises. Topics included developing protocols and data collection tools, literature search strategies and techniques, estimates of effect, fixed and random effects, interpreting heterogeneity, evaluating meta-analyses, examining bias and meta-regression.
Concepts taught in lectures were reinforced with computer applications.
Attendees enjoyed working together during workshops.