A comprehensive systematic review training- systematic review and meta-analysis of effectiveness studies- was successfully conducted on April 15-18, 2019 for 24 SPHMMC faculties from different department –OBGYN & Public Health, Surgery, Internal medicine/nephrology, ICU, microbiology, pharmacology, pathology, research directorate office, pediatrics and child health. The training was provided by certified trainers from Ethiopian Evidence Based Health Care Center (Jimma University), an affiliate of Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) of The University of Adelaide, Australia. The objective of the four days training was to help participants familiarize with the various systematic reviews and carry out meta-analysis of effectiveness evidences. The training focused on theoretical aspects of evidence based health care and the different types of systematic reviews and key principles of searching the available evidences. Participants were also equipped on the knowledge and skill required for various study designs, data extraction and synthesis, critical appraisal of published systematic reviews by applying the principles.
At the end of the session, participants agreed to create a multidisciplinary team in order to develop a systematic review protocol. In conclusion, feedback were provided and tentatively scheduled to conduct follow up workshop that will focus on mentoring the teams to further develop the protocol as well as additional training on systematic review of qualitative evidences.