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How to appraise, interpret and publish a network meta-analysis. A 3-day course for clinicians, researchers and policy makers, with formal lectures and group work

Rhodes House
Rhodes House

Aims of the course:    

  • Understand what a NMA involves and its underlying assumptions
  • Become familiar with the different ways of presenting results in NMA
  • Identify clinical questions to be addressed in the context of a NMA
  • Critically appraise NMAs
  • Learn how to use STATA software commands for NMA
  • Understand the key features of a NMA protocol
  • Learn important  tips on how to write the manuscript and reply to peer reviewers comments


This course is intended for clinicians, researchers and decision modellers interested in the use of evidence-based medicine in clinical practice, who want to expand and deepen their knowledge of indirect and mixed treatment comparisons (the so called, Network Meta-Analysis - NMA), in the context of clinical effectiveness evaluation.

The course will focus on the tools needed to be able to understand, critically appraise and interpret a NMA. A selected group of expert clinicians, researchers and scientists, with a strong track record in the field of NMA, will guide you during the 3-day course. This is an informal, hands-on course, based on a mixture of lectures and practical work. Course tutors are available throughout to answer questions and help with group work.

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Course Venue: Rhodes House Oxford

Course fee (all inclusive): £1200 (25% discount for students).

Fee includes:

  • Slides & scientific literature,
  • 2 nights accommodation/breakfast at Merton College*, (Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th June, departing Wednesday 1st July 2015),
  • Evening drinks reception on 29th June
  • Gala dinner at Oriel College on 30th June.

Course fee (without accommodation): £1000 (25% discount for students).

*Accommodation is available for up to 30 guests at Merton College, just a short walk from the course facilities.  Please note that the Merton accommodation will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Alternative accommodation will be arranged in the event of these places being fully booked. 

Course coordinators:
Lucy Curtin
University of Oxford
Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital
Oxford OX3 7JX
Tel: +44 (0)1865 226451


List of speakers:

Doug Altman, Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

Deborah Caldwell, Lecturer in Public Health Research, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK.

Anna Chaimani, Research Associate, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina, Greece

Andrea Cipriani, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.

John Geddes, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.

Sir Muir Gray, Director, Better Value Health Care

Stefan Leucht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Technische Universität München, Germany.

Tianjing Li, Assistant Professor, Center for Clinical Trials, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA.

Huseyin Naci, Assistant Professor of Health Policy, LSE Health, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics & Political Science, London UK

Georgia Salanti, Assistant Professor, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Greece.



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