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Seminar on Systematic Reviews
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Conducting Systematic Reviews

The Department of Family Studies within the Faculty for Social WellBeing at the University of Malta held a five-day training workshop on systematic reviews from 5th to 9th May 2014.

The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on a specific question. This is done by synthesizing the results of several studies and it is currently being considered as the gold standard in research.

This workshop offered participants the opportunity to learn about as well as practice skills required to conduct systematic reviews. The course was taught by two eminent scholars with extensive experience on the matter who supervised the course participants carrying out/conducting an actual systematic review.

The Department of Family Studies invited academics as well as professionals in the areas of family therapy, psychotherapy, psychiatry, counselling, psychology, social work, health sciences and medicine to attend.  Students in these areas at Master’s level were also welcome.

Paul Montgomery

Paul Montgomery is Professor of Psycho-Social Intervention and Co-Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford. Prof Montgomery specialises in furthering the understanding of what interventions are actually effective in tackling complex psycho-social problems. His work encompasses a wide variety of different psycho-social problems affecting different population groups, from learning disabled children, through groups at risk of HIV to the demented elderly with sleep problems. He is an expert in the evaluation of psychosocial interventions for real-world practice using randomised trials, systematic reviews, and other evaluation designs. He is a former Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration Social Welfare Group, and an editor for the Cochrane Collaboration Developmental, Psychosocial, and Learning Problems Group. He has conducted numerous systematic reviews and randomised trials related to behavioural change and psychological interventions, and is the primary investigator for many research projects developing methodological guidelines, such as guidance on empty systematic reviews for the Cochrane Collaboration and reporting guidelines for randomised trials of social and psychological interventions via an extension of the CONSORT Statement. 

Paul Montgomery

Sean Grant

Sean Grant is a researcher and Doctoral Candidate at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford. Sean's research focuses on intervention research methods as well as psychosocial interventions for alcohol abuse. He has several current and completed systematic review projects in the area of complex intervention research, and he has also worked on several primary evaluations of psychosocial interventions. He is currently the Managing Editor for the Education Coordinating Group of the Campbell Collaboration and Project Officer for the development of a new reporting guideline for social and psychological intervention trials: CONSORT-SPI. Sean also has several years experience delivering interventions to university students at-risk for alcohol abuse.

Sean Grant

Last Updated: 25 November 2014

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