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Publication bias – teaching materials

Burls, A. (2016). Publication bias – teaching materials. [Teaching Resource]


The attached slides can be used to teach people about publication bias. There are notes beneath the slides with suggestions of how they might be used Prepared by Professor Amanda Burls and available from

Task purpose: to help people understand publication bias by working through a real concrete example.

Key slides can be used usefully in a five minute slot in a session on appraising systematic reviews. However the extended use of the slides with group work could take up to an hour depending on how the teacher organises the session.

Assumes no prior knowledge but can be used for quite a high level of prior skill group (i.e. those with previous training in the critical appraisal of systematic reviews) and indeed works well for a group with heterogenous skill levels.

Skill area: making sense of the evidence from systematic review.

Publication Type: Teaching Resource
Additional Information: Publication Bias by Dr Amanda Burls is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution International Public License 4.0.

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