HOPE Center Holds Second Annual Meta-Analysis Training Program

The HOPE Center held its second annual training program on meta-analysis June 23-25, 2015. The Arizona Health Sciences Center was well represented by attendees from the UA Cancer Center; BIO5 Institute; College of Medicine Departments of Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Family and Community Medicine; as well as pharmacy residents and postdocs.

The three-day course was a combination of lectures and computer exercises. Participants spent time with our library specialist, Jennifer Martin, to learn effective strategies for conducting and documenting literature searches. College of Pharmacy instructors Marion Slack and Jason Hurwitz facilitated sessions where attendees developed protocols and data collection tools for various case studies.

Additional topics included estimates of effect, fixed and random effects, interpreting heterogeneity, evaluating meta-analyses, examining bias, integrative data analysis, single case research, meta-analysis of diagnostic accuracy and meta-regression. Participants conducted numerous exercises using Microsoft Excel software to learn meta-analytic techniques. These hands-on sessions were led by visiting faculty member Christopher Lee, an expert in meta-analysis, and 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. Additional COP program faculty included Ivo Abraham and Sandipan Bhattacharjee.

Participants found the meta-analysis course extremely valuable, as evidenced by the following comments:  

"The interactive parts are fabulous and it’s clear every presenter has put a lot of work into this class. Thank you!!!"

"Loved it, great programming from clear experts."

"LOVE the spreadsheets and hands-on work."

"Instructors demonstrate expertise masterfully."

Plans are under way to offer the program again next year.