Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the area of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology

The guidelines subcommittee organizes once a year a 3-days onsite course aiming at training 20 selected young professionals in systematic reviews and meta-analyses for guidelines development in the field of infectious diseases, infection control and clinical microbiology. The course if free of charge, as course participants will then become part of the Evidence Review Group, agreeing to be assigned to ongoing ESCMID guidelines projects where they will support the drafting group in in data extraction and literature search.


The course is a mix of interactive lectures and small-group practical exercises in the domain of systematic reviews, meta- analyses and the GRADE approach. Numerous topics relating to these issues will be covered from framing research questions, writing research protocols, selecting studies and extracting data, rating the quality of evidence, preparing summary findings to formulating recommendations based on the evidence. The knowledge acquired during the course should enable participants to actively participate in systematic reviews, meta- analyses and elaboration of guidance documents following high quality standards. Practical sessions will require some preparatory work ahead of the course start. Participants will receive all the necessary material and instructions in due time.


More information about the course will follow later in 2024 and will be announced here.


For any questions please contact guidancedocuments[at]