Practical Issues in Producing Network Meta-Analyses for HTA

Indirect treatment comparisons (ITC) and mixed treatment comparisons (MTC), collectively referred to as network meta-analysis (NMA), are increasingly used in health technology assessment. They are statistical techniques to synthesise available direct and indirect evidence to provide information on the comparative effectiveness and safety of a range of competing interventions.

Network meta-analyses are often complex and challenging projects to specify and undertake and bring with them a range of planning considerations that are critical for a successful end product. These considerations include specifying the review question, identifying relevant studies, deciding how to assess the similarity of studies in a potential network and developing the statistical analysis plan and using the NMA output in economic models.

This two day workshop is offered by experienced reviewers from YHEC and statisticians from Quantics who have collaborated together on many network meta-analyses to inform HTA submissions and market access planning exercises. The workshop is intended to offer project managers, research commissioners and others new to these techniques an introduction to the practical issues involved in commissioning and performing NMAs. This training day does not involve coding with WinBUGS or other programming software.

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Course Details

Date: TBD.
Please note the training course date has changed and was originally taking place on 20th and 21st February. Courses also run on-demand for large groups

Full price: TBD. Registration fee includes tea and coffee, lunch and course documentation.

The training day will be presented by Rachael McCool (Project Director) YHEC, Statisticians from Quantics
This course Will be held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD or Heslington East Campus, YO19 5LA.

To find out more information about this course, email or telephone +44 (0)1904 323204

Please see the frequently asked questions page for more general course information.

Workshop overview

Day 1 Course Agenda Day 2 Course Agenda

By the end of the training day, participants will:

  • An understanding of the principles of NMA;
  • An awareness of the issues to be considered when planning and conducting a NMA;
  • An understanding of how NMAs will be critically assessed.

Who should attend?

  • Project managers and research commissioners;
  • Researchers who are new to NMAs and wish to gain an understanding of the practical issues involved.

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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.

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