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Introduction to medical research: Module 1: Planning your research


Research Planning: before your start your research
19 September 2015 and 6 February 2016

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introOverview of research process and ethics (Iveta Simera)
Outline of whole course; research flowchart; elements of a good research project; ethical issues and approval; patient involvement; good clinical practice; resources
Downloads and links
Introduction to research and ethics presentation pdf
Research flowchart
Research ethics application flowchart
Declaration of Helsinki
Research Waste website
General Medical Council Good practice in research and consent to research
University of Oxford Research Support service
NIHR Research Design Service
South Central Rsearch Design Service Regional Office 
NIHR Involve (public involvement in research)
Patients Active in Research – info for researchers
Health Research Authority and ethics approval
The EQUATOR Network – toolkits for planning research
New RIO (Research Impacts and Outcomes) journal – publishes research proposals

systematic reviewIntroduction to systematic reviews (Sally Hopewell)
Systematic review methodology and meta-analysis; Cochrane
Downloads and links
Systematic reviews presentation pdf
First Cochrane review Corticosteroids for acute traumatic brain injury 1997 
CRASH Trial 2004
Updated Cochrane review Corticosteroids for acute traumatic brain injury 2005 
Lancet Research Waste series 
Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Library 
World Health Organisation International Clinical Trials Registry Portal 
PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses) 
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Review of Interventions
Centre for Reviews and Dissemination Guidance on Systematic Reviews 

PICOS exerciseFormulating the research question practical (Sally Hopewell)
Group work and discussion  Practical exercise: Flying socks
Downloads and links
Developing a question presentation pdf
PICOS Practical: Flying socks
Cochrane Review: Compression stockings for preventing deep vein thrombosis in airline passengers

searchSearching the literature (Shona Kirtley)
Identifying sources to search; developing search strategies; controlled vocabularies; free-text; syntax; search filters; searching multiple databases; Online resource access: NHS and University resources; search support from librarians
Downloads and links
Literature searching presentation pdf
The SPIDER tool for synthesizing qualitative evidence
Search filters
Literature search database export formats and Endnote import filters
Brimful of STARLITE: reporting literature searches
Finding stuff: Library support for NHS Researchers (presentation by Donald MacKay, Bodleian Healthcare Libraries) 
Bodleian Healthcare Libraries
Oxford University Hospital Library (Nuffield/Horton)
Oxford Health Library (Warneford) 
Online Access
Oxlip database:
SOLO online catalogue for Oxford University libraries
NHS OpenAthens register
NHS Evidence & HDAS databases 

Contact he Healthcare libraries team
Contact Shona 

Module 1 presenters
Dr Iveta Simera, Deputy Director, UK EQUATOR Centre, Programme Manager, EQUATOR Network (iveta.simera@csm.ox.ac.uk)
Dr Sally Hopewell, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Statistics in Medicine
Mrs Shona Kirtley, Senior Research Information Specialist, EQUATOR Network (shona.kirtley@csm.ox.ac.uk)

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