Resources from Online Workshop: Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews (AQASR)

Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews (AQASR) is an instrument created by a group of prominent disability and rehabilitation practitioners and researchers. AQASR offers a checklist of items that can be used to carefully consider the quality of a systematic review or meta-analysis in the area of intervention/prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, programmatic economic evaluation, and measurement, and its relevance to one's needs.

These online workshop materials, developed by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR), will make disability and rehabilitation practitioners and researchers familiar with AQASR, so that they can independently assess systematic reviews that are relevant to their professional activities.

The workshop associated with these materials consisted of seven sessions and was conducted by Dr. Marcel Dijkers in 2014.





Introduction; Systematic review question; Clinical applicability; Protocol

January 8, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)


Database searching; Search limitations; Abstract and full paper scanning

January 22, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)


Data extracting; Methodological quality assessment and use

February 5, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)


Qualitative synthesis; Meta-analysis; Discussion

February 19, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)


Studies of Interventions, Prevention, Economic evaluation

March 5, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)


Diagnostic and Prognostic studies

March 19, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)


Studies of Measurement instruments / Wrap up

April 2, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)