Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) Sponsors Webinar Series on Systematic Reviews

On June 4th, 2014 the SEDL’s Center on KTDRR‘s Community of Practice (CoP) on Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation (D&R) Research begins a series of free webinars addressing systematic reviews, with a special focus on what is considered evidence; and why and how evidence is qualified, synthesized, and turned into recommendations for clinicians and other practitioners. Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai shares information and encourage discussion with participants about these issues within the context of D&R research. The 90-minute webinars use the Adobe Connect™ meeting platform and each session will be archived for later access. The sessions begin June 4th and run to July 16th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT:

Session 1: June 4th, 2014
A blast from the past: Systematic reviews and the traditional evidence pyramid. An overview of the process and tools of systematic reviewing, with a focus on assessment and synthesis of evidence, and the idea of a research design-based pyramid of evidence underlying conclusions and recommendations

Session 2: June 18th, 2014
Going beyond design and intervention: The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Clinical Practice Guideline process and other approaches. A discussion of how AAN and others have brought in research design details and quality of research implementation in grading evidence, and have gone beyond intervention research.

Session 3: July 2nd, 2014
Bringing in the patient/client: The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) process. A presentation on the GRADE approach, with its emphasis on the values and preferences of patients/clients, and flexibility in grading evidence. How does it fit with disability and rehabilitation research?

Session 4: July 16th, 2014
There is more to be done: Future possibilities… will we ever get there? A discussion of future developments in qualifying evidence that might benefit disability/rehabilitation practice.

For more information and/or to register please visit:

Looking for more? Check out the May issue of KT Update featuring an article by Dr. Dijkers examining issues around updating systematic reviews!

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Media Specialist for the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) through Administration for Community Living (ACL) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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