Research Intensive Workshop and Systematic Review

Improve your team's intervention research skills and get more grants funded!
Systematic Review Workshop

Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, is Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland. For 20 years, he has been actively involved as a systematic reviewer in the Cochrane Collaboration. He was the director of Cochrane Ireland from 2014 to 2017, where he developed and conducted systematic review training. He has authored six Cochrane reviews and published articles on evidence-based practice.

This two-day training course will cover systematic review methodologies and critical appraisal skills. The course is suitable for individuals working in the health and social science areas who are considering or planning to conduct a systematic review of intervention studies. No experience in conducting systematic reviews is required. The course will examine the key components of systematic reviews using the Cochrane Collaboration methodology. The course will include lecture, group discussion, and practical exercises.

Expected Outcomes

Explain the essential steps of planning and preparing a systematic review of intervention studies Know how to formulate a review question relevant to their own interests Understand the key principles of literature searching, data extraction, and critical appraisal of studies for a systematic review.

Topics Covered

Introduction to systematic reviews and the Cochrane Collaboration Developing a PICO question for a systematic review of intervention studies Search strategies for studies Assessing study eligibility Critical appraisal of studies Data extraction Introduction to meta-analysis and forest plots Finding resources for systematic reviews

  • Identify the basic principles of meta-analysis
Research Intensive Workshop
Why intervention research?

Intervention research and comparative effectiveness research are now a high priority for many funding agencies. Researchers are encouraged to develop innovative interventions, including treatment regimens, prevention strategies, and innovative service delivery approaches, and personalize them for optimal use in diverse populations.

In this workshop, the essential elements of designing, conducting, analyzing, and funding intervention research will be taught in a user-friendly format. The workshop is geared toward doctorally prepared nurses, advanced practice nurses, doctoral students and other interdisciplinary health and science professionals.

Lecture topics
  • Using theory to guide intervention research
  • Designing intervention studies
  • Minimizing threats to validity
  • Measurement in intervention research
  • Designing and maintain fidelity in intervention research
  • Sample, missing data, and data management
  • Explaining mediator and moderator effects on intervention outcomes
  • Strategies for successful grant writing, with an emphasis on federal applications (NIH, AHRQ, PCORI)

Registration and Cost

June 3-4, 2019 | Systematic Review: $775
June 5-6, 2019 | Research Intensive Workshop: $895

SPECIAL: 2 for 1 deal

Registration is limited for maximum participation benefit, so early registration is strongly encouraged. The cost of the workshop will cover light breakfast offerings, lunch, workshop materials on a USB drive, parting gifts, and a copy of “Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding."

Registration closes May 20, 2019

You must be ready to pay by credit card at the time of registration. We cannot accept credit card payment by phone or email.


Systematic Review

Day One

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and outline of the objectives and presentations


9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Introduction to Systematic Reviews


10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration and Cochrane Library


10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – Noon
Developing a protocol for a systematic review


Noon – 1 p.m.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Searching the literature


1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Assessing study eligibility


2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3 – 4 p.m.
Data extraction

Day Two

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Questions of effectiveness


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Forrest plots


10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Critical appraisal


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
PRISMA flow charts


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Risk of bias


2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Introduction to meta-analysis


2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
GRADE criteria introduction


3 – 4 p.m.
Pulling it all together
Research Intensive Workshop

Day One

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 am – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN


8:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Designing Intervention Studies

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN


11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Recovery break


11:15 a.m. – Noon
Using Theory to Guide Intervention Research

Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN


Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch - 2nd floor, room 214


1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Minimizing Threats to Internal Validity

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Recovery Break


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Minimizing Threats to External Validity

Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Group Interactive Breakout Sessions

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN

Day Two

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Measurement in Intervention Research

Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Designing and Maintaining Fidelity of Behavioral Intervention

Judith Tate, PhD, RN


10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Recovery break


10:45 a.m. – Noon
Developing Your Grant Budget

Loren Wold, PhD, FAHA, FAPS


Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch - 2nd floor, room 214


1 – 3 p.m.
Strategies for Successful Grant Writing

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN


3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Group Interactive Breakout Sessions and Closing

Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN
Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Loren Wold, PhD, FAHA, FAPS


The Ohio State University
Helene Fuld Institute for EBP
760 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
First floor of the BMI Credit Union Building


The nearest airport to Ohio State is John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). Taxis are available outside the terminal for ground transportation. John Glenn Columbus International Airport is about 15 minutes from downtown and about 30 minutes from Dublin. 

To view a list of cities that have non-stop flights to Columbus, click here.


SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1421 Olentangy Rive Road
Columbus, OH 43212

A block of rooms have been reserved at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott for $132 per night starting the night before the workshop.

Guests may call 1-888-236-2427 and ask for the rate code: RIWC or Book your group rate for RIW.


A shuttle will be provided to and from the conference and hotel

Continuing Education Credits

This conference is pending review and will be offering continuing education credits.


Kenzie Palsgrove at 614-292-5975 or
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