European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) wants to give you the opportunity to learn and improve your skills as a health science librarian. No need to think about expenses or travel. You just need your computer and an internet connection. Welcome to the online Continuing Professional Development Pilot Program for EAHIL.
In this initial unit, we want to equip you with all the tools so that you can enjoy the course and know how to use all the utilities of the platform. With this documentation, you will have a roadmap for the trip that we will make together.
A systematic review summarises the results of available carefully designed healthcare studies (controlled trials) and provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Judgments may be made about the evidence and inform recommendations for healthcare.
These reviews are complicated and depend largely on what clinical trials are available, how they were carried out (the quality of the trials) and the health outcomes that were measured. Review authors pool numerical data about effects of the treatment through a process called meta-analyses. Then authors assess the evidence for any benefits or harms from those treatments. In this way, systematic reviews are able to summarise the existing clinical research on a topic.