SRINAGAR: A two-day workshop on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, was conducted by the Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar.

Dr Partha Haldar, Additional Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS New Delhi was the visiting guest faculty for the two-day workshop, while various faculty members and resident doctors of various institutions and departments including GMC Srinagar, SKIMS Soura Srinagar, SKIMS Medical College Bemina Srinagar and directorate of health services Kashmir attended the event.

Masood Tanvir, Principal, and Dean, of Government Medical College Srinagar who inaugurated the workshop appreciated the Community Medicine department of GMC Srinagar for organising the first-ever workshop on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis deemed to be beneficial to patient care.

‘Medical science cannot progress until existing evidence can be utilised to the optimum. Not everyone or not every doctor can do this. This work requires specialisation and training in very systematically scrutinising the available breadth of the vast literature and meticulously synthesizing the evidence. For the first time in Jammu and Kashmir, we trained a select group of doctors who will be not only able to do a systematic review but also publish the findings in international journals,’ said Dr. Partha Haldar, who has published over two dozen systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Dr Muhammad Salim Khan Professor and HOD Community Medicine GMC Srinagar and organising chairman of the workshop said that over the years the department has conducted 16 research methodology workshops for faculty, a series for postgraduate scholars and a workshop on qualitative research. “ This time we went to higher realms of research which require higher orders of research analysis and synthesis, and we shall continue to conduct workshops of such levels.”

He further added that “Medical decision-making depends upon such a high level of reviews of medical literature which is technically known as systematic review and meta-analysis. The advantage here is that instead of taking a medical decision based on one or two studies, it pools the information across a large number of studies making the sample size very large and this decreasing the quantum of errors.

The workshop was conducted under the aegis of J&K Chapters of IAPSM and IPHA and also accredited with J&K medical council and awarded eight CME Credit Hours.


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