Understanding Search Strategies for HTA and Systematic Reviews: an Introduction Training Day, University of York


Structured, systematic literature searches are the foundation for many aspects of high quality health research including health technology assessment and systematic reviews. This training course provides an introduction to a structured process of search strategy development for project managers, research commissioners and new searchers, who are seeking a better understanding of how searches are constructed and run. The day will involve demonstrations, practical work and discussion to enable delegates to gain the knowledge and skills to manage, oversee and carry out structured literature searches.

The trainers are experienced information specialists, trainers and researchers. Their extensive experience lies in conducting literature searches to inform evidence syntheses such as health technology assessments and systematic reviews.


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Course Details

Date: TBC
Courses also run on-demand for large groups
Price: TBC. Registration fee includes tea and coffee, lunch and course documentation.
The training day will be presented by Hannah Wood (Information Specialist) York Health Economics Consortium, University of York
All courses are held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD or Heslington East Campus, YO19 5LA.
Please note this course is now full. To find out about future course dates please email alicia.wooding@york.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1904 324084

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Workshop overview

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By the end of the training day, participants will:

  • Understand how a search is constructed conceptually in order to address a research question;
  • Be aware of the issues of sensitivity and precision and their role in different research contexts;
    Understand the purpose of subject headings, text-words, Boolean operators, and search syntax such as truncation;
  • Gain some hands on experience of developing strategies and searching key databases;
  • Be able to interpret a search report and critique the search strategy; appreciating any trade-offs which have been made.

Who should attend?

  • Project managers and researchers commissioning or overseeing literature searches who require an understanding of search methodology and processes, how to communicate their search requirements, and how to assess whether searches provided are fit for purpose;
  • Researchers from industry, academia, public sector bodies, and consultancies requiring an introduction to search strategy development to enable them to undertake their own structured literature searches;
  • Library and information professionals new to the field of evidence synthesis and the structured search approach required, who wish to develop their skills in this context.

YHEC Training Expertise

YHEC offers a range of training courses in health economics topics including economic modelling, evidence retrieval and information skills www.yhec.co.uk/training.

Our regular training programme offers courses in York in well-equipped rooms and computer classrooms.  All of our courses have limited delegate places available to ensure that sessions permit discussion and interaction within the group. We can also offer these courses and bespoke courses at your own site.

Other Health Economics Training at York: YHEC courses are generally introductory. Five-day expert workshops, distance learning and MSc courses in health economics are offered by health economists at the Centre for Health Economics and the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.


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