Can you do evidence synthesis automatically?

The following was posted on the Trip Database blog….: As part of the KConnect work (EU funded Horizon 2020 project) we have been doing a fair bit of work exploring the automatic extraction of various elements from RCTs and systematic reviews.  If we can automatically understand what a paper is about it can open up all sorts of avenues with regard search and evidence synthesis. … Continue reading Can you do evidence synthesis automatically?

The Vienna Principles

I’ve been aware of these for a while but it was requested I not share.  But, now they’ve been published elsewhere, I thought I’d share them now!  In October 2015 members of the International Collaboration for the Automation of System Reviews (ICASR) met and drafted the following: Systematic reviews involve multiple tasks, each with different issues, but all must be improved. Automation may assist with all … Continue reading The Vienna Principles

Systematic Review Assistant – a prototype

I’m based in Bristol, as is Louise Millard, who created the Systematic Review Assistant as part of her PhD – it’s a small world! The Systematic Review Assistant is a tool, based on text mining methods, to automate risk of bias assessments in systematic reviews.  As such it’s in the same area as RobotReviewer, which I’ve previously highlighted.  It’s a prototype but still good fun to … Continue reading Systematic Review Assistant – a prototype

10 Machine Learning Terms Explained in Simple English

If you’re interested in machine learning but are unsure of some of the terminology you’re going to love this article: 10 Machine Learning Terms Explained in Simple English It covers terms such as Machine Learning, Supervised Learning, Decision Trees and Deep Learning. It’s an easy read so check it out!  As an added bonus it links to an article on Natural Language Processing as well … Continue reading 10 Machine Learning Terms Explained in Simple English

Article review: Designing Efficient Systematic Reviews Using Economical Allocation, Creation and Synthesis of Medical Evidence

Designing Efficient Systematic Reviews Using Economical Allocation, Creation and Synthesis of Medical Evidence. Scarpati M. RAND Corporation. 2014 At 140 pages this is a significant publication, produced as part of the Pardee RAND Graduate School dissertation series – so it’s Scarpati’s PhD thesis! The table of contents highlights the following chapters: Introduction Estimating the Value of Systematic Reviews: Osteoporosis Case Study Screening Times in Systematic Reviews … Continue reading Article review: Designing Efficient Systematic Reviews Using Economical Allocation, Creation and Synthesis of Medical Evidence

Website of interest: Systematic Review Methods Filter at PubMed

Available via PubMed Health, “The PubMed systematic review methods filter finds publications to support this process. They could relate to the development or evaluation of any step in doing or using systematic review.”  The site can be accessed via this link. The scope includes both methods research and guidance documents. Methods research studies include: comparative evaluations of techniques development, evaluation, or validation of a technique … Continue reading Website of interest: Systematic Review Methods Filter at PubMed

Article review: Using text mining for study identification in systematic reviews

Using text mining for study identification in systematic reviews: a systematic review of current approaches. O’Mara-Eves A et al. Syst Rev. 2015 Jan 14;4:5 I was really pleased to see this paper as it is, itself, a systematic review.  I was also pleased to see it comes from the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating (EPPI)-Centre – a really innovative centre of activity! … Continue reading Article review: Using text mining for study identification in systematic reviews

Website of interest: Systematic Review (SR) Toolbox

While aimed at systematic reviews this site has many tools designed to speed up (or is the word ‘expedite’ better?) the systematic review process! Systematic Review (SR) Toolbox is a searchable online catalogue of tools arranging the collection via this structure: Protocol Development Automated Search Study Selection Quality Assessment Data Extraction Automated Analysis Text Analysis Meta-Analysis Report Write-Up Collaboration Document Management The site includes a … Continue reading Website of interest: Systematic Review (SR) Toolbox

RobotReviewer: auto-assessment of bias in clinical trials

Where to start with this marvel?  Perhaps, the RobotReviewer website that allows you free access to upload PDFs of clinical trials and have them automatically assessed for bias.  Alternatively, there is the recent peer-reviewed journal article RobotReviewer: evaluation of a system for automatically assessing bias in clinical trials.  Or even the various tweets that have been tweeted by a multitude of people. But what is RobotReviewer? The aims … Continue reading RobotReviewer: auto-assessment of bias in clinical trials