Queen's Collaboration for Health Care Quality

Queen's Collaboration for Health Care Quality:

a JBI Centre of Excellence

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JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Workshop 


June 22-26, 2020


The Queen's Collaboration for Health Care Quality (formerly named Queen's Joanna Briggs Collaboration) offers comprehensive systematic review training (CSRT) featuring the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology for evidence synthesis. The intensive, 5-day workshop is designed to prepare health sciences researchers, clinicians, librarians, graduate students and other individuals involved in quality and practice portfolios to develop, conduct and report systematic reviews of  evidence. Certified reviewers may become authorized reviewers in the Institute’s peer reviewed journal, the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports (JBISRIR), which is indexed in Embase, Scopus, Mosby’s Index (Elsevier), CINAHL (EBSCO) and Medline.

This activity-driven program includes rigorous methods and tools to appraise and synthesize evidence from  research literature and documentary sources. Participants gain hands-on experience in drafting a systematic review protocol, including definition of the question(s) and search, retrieval and selection of research for the review. You will critically analyze sample quantitative and qualitative  research and expert opinion papers as part of the review process and be introduced to JBI software for performing meta-analysis and meta-synthesis of selected studies. Examine the nature of evidence and its role in healthcare to further understand how evidence transfers into health care practice. 


* Course offer is based on a minimum number of attendees. Payment is required before registration can be confirmed. Class size is limited. Please contact QcHcQ  for further information.
* International applicants; please see special instructions below 


June 22-26, 2020: Queen's University (Bracken Health Sciences Library), Kingston Ontario

Course Content:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare
  • Module 2: The Systematic Review of Evidence Generated through Quantitative Research
  • Module 3: The Systematic Review of Evidence Generated by Qualitative Research, Narrative and Text

Participants learn to:

  • Use JBI software tools to draft a systematic review protocol, including identifying a question, searching, retrieving and selecting research for the review
  • Critically appraise sample quantitative and qualitative research and text and opinion as part of the review process
  • ​Use JBI software to perform a meta-analysis and meta-synthesis of selected studies

Sessions include:

  • Overview of Knowledge to Action
  • Overview of Evidence Based Practice
  • Designing Protocols for Systematic Review
  • Systematic Review of Quantitative Evidence
  • ​Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence
  • ​​Systematic Review of Text and Opinion

QJBC JBI team of certified Instructors

  • Christina Godfrey, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Co-Director and Senior Methodologist, QcHcQ, 
  • Kim Sears, RN, PhD, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Health Care Quality, QcHcQ; Associate Director, Master of Science in Healthcare Quality 
  • Rosemary Wilson, RN (EC) PhD, Associate Professor, Deputy Director, Clinical Practice, QcHcQ
  • Amanda Ross-White MLIS, Librarian, Bracken Health Sciences Library, QcHcQ


Full 5 day attendance is required to obtain JBI Reviewer certification. Participants present review protocols on the final day of class. Graduates receive a one year SUMARI license. Students of a JBI Collaborating Centre and conducting a systematic review as part of their studies receive a maximum three year SUMARI license. JBI Certification is included in the cost of the program.

Materials and Technical Requirements:

The Joanna Briggs Institute is currently revising its SUMARI (CReMS) software and updating the CSRT training program and materials; anticipated release early in 2017. A detailed course outline and reading materials will be e-mailed to registered and paid participants in advance of the program. Pre-reading is recommended. Additional materials are provided on-site and included in the cost of the program. Participants will require a laptop (PC or Mac) to participate.

Accommodation and Meals:

Daily lunch and refreshment breaks are included in the cost of the program. Breakfast and dinner are at participant expense.  Please notify QcHcQ in advance regarding any dietary restrictions; this information can be provided on the CSRT Application form.

Information about local accommodation can be found on the City of Kingston website at http://www.cityofkingston.ca/visitors/city-info.asp

Application and Payment:

The participant fee is $1500 (CDN) + HST ($195) which includes 5 days instruction, JBI Certification, access/license to the JBI software, course materials, lunch and refreshment breaks. Attendees are responsible for their accommodation and transportation. Cancellations after May 22nd are responsible for a $150 CAD administrative fee.

Payment options: 1) credit card (follow prompts when completing registration, 2) cheque

Make cheques payable to: ‘Queen’s University' .  Please add memo/note: 'JBI CSRT workshop'

Mailing address: Queen’s Collaboration for Health Care Quality, School of Nursing, Queen’s University, 92 Barrie St. Kingston, ON K7L 3N6."


  • HST (13%) is applied to the fee making total $1695 (CDN funds). Please note: Payment is non-refundable for cancellations received within one month of scheduled program.
  • Graduate students in the Queen’s Nursing program should first consult their faculty advisor re: registration and payment arrangements.
  • Graduate students in the Queen’s MScHQ program should first consult their program Administrator re: registration and payment arrangements.
  • International Applicants: As a member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) international collaboration dedicated to advancing the science of synthesis, the Queen’s Collaboration for Health Care Quality (QcHcQ ) welcomes international applicants to the Comprehensive Systematic Review Training (CSRT) workshop. Applicants are advised of the following course eligibility and travel requirements:
  1. Please complete the application form provided above. Indicate clearly your full name, contact information, institutional affiliation, and purpose for completing the JBI training program. Identify the JBI centre in your country with whom you will be working upon completion of the program.
  2. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite. Courses at the QcHcQ are conducted in English and participants must have a sufficient level of English to engage in a university graduate level program, for example:TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): A minimum overall score of 88, made up of the minimum scores in each component test as follows: Writing test: 24/30; Speaking test: 22/30; Reading test: 22/30; Listening test: 20/30; MELAB: 80 (minimum overall score); IELTS: 7 (minimum score, academic module); PTE Academic: 65 (minimum overall score).
  3. Applicants must have fundamental (university undergraduate level) knowledge of research methodology and/or library science.
  4. Re: travel visas: This 5-day workshop is a privately managed certification course administered by JBI and delivered by certified JBI trainers. Full attendance is required for successful completion and certification as a systematic review author by JBI. The course is not part of the Queen’s University School of Nursing academic program. Applicants do not qualify for a working permit or study permit on the basis of this course.

Determine if you are from a visa-exempt country or whether you will require travel authorization. Applicants from countries who require a ‘visitor visa’ will need a letter of invitation from QcHcQ.  The letter of invitation outlines the contents of the 5-day course and provides contact information for QcHcQ.  Applicants are entirely responsible for their course fee, travel and accommodation expenses, insurance and incidental costs for the visit. A 50% deposit ($750 CDN + HST 13%) for the course fee is required in advance and prior to issue of this letter. The remainder of the course fee ($750 CDN + HST 13%) is due no less than 6 weeks in advance of commencement of the program. Please note: Enrolment is limited and payment in full is required to confirm acceptance in program.

IMPORTANT: Please allow sufficient time to process a travel visa – some countries require 60-90 days or more.  Timelines vary widely depending on the visitor's citizenship, country of residence, time of year, and current workload at the visa office.  Visa application information is available at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/vac.asp

5.  Re: cancellation and reimbursement of funds. Course fees will not be refunded within 4 weeks of the commencement of the program. If your travel visa is denied, your deposit and/or full course fee (minus a $100 administration fee) will be reimbursed on condition that you provide QcHcQ with the official embassy-issued ‘refusal of visa’ notification.


Registration is now closed