Database selection in systematic reviews: an insight through clinical neurology

Database selection in systematic reviews: an insight through clinical neurology Vasser M et al. Health Info Libr J, 34: 156–164. Unfortunately, it’s behind a paywall, so here’s the abstract: Background Failure to perform a comprehensive search when designing a systematic review (SR) can lead to bias, reducing the validity of review’s conclusions. Objective We examined the frequency and choice of databases used by reviewers in … Continue reading Database selection in systematic reviews: an insight through clinical neurology

Grey literature in systematic reviews

Grey literature in systematic reviews: a cross-sectional study of the contribution of non-English reports, unpublished studies and dissertations to the results of meta-analyses in child-relevant reviews. Hartling L et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:64 Conclusion: The majority of SRs searched for non-English and unpublished studies; however, these represented a small proportion of included studies and rarely impacted the results and conclusions of the review. … Continue reading Grey literature in systematic reviews

A varied collection of papers on rapid reviews

RAPADAPTE for rapid guideline development: high-quality clinical guidelines can be rapidly developed with limited resources. Alper BS et al. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the effectiveness of prison education in reducing recidivism and increasing employment. Ellison K et al. Probation Journal, March 2017 Always great to see rapid methods from areas outside of health Using Mobile Phone Technology to … Continue reading A varied collection of papers on rapid reviews

Two new articles and one non-surprise – RRs and SRs give similar results

Two new articles to highlight: Using rapid reviews: an example from a study conducted to inform policy-making. O’Leary DF et al. Research Methodology December 2016 Methods for Developing Evidence Reviews in Short Periods of Time: A Scoping Review. Abou-Setta AM et al. PLoS ONE 11(12) 2016 I’ll have to do a reference trawl of the latter one as it reports: Studies comparing the conclusions of … Continue reading Two new articles and one non-surprise – RRs and SRs give similar results

Rapid HTAs and a research protocol

Two new articles: Rapid reviews with health-technology assessments in reimbursement systems – an examination of Ireland as a case study. Murphy A et al. Global & Regional Health Technology Assessment | Vol. 4 | Issue 1 – 2017 Assessing the validity of abbreviated literature searches for rapid reviews: protocol of a non-inferiority and meta-epidemiologic study. Nussbaumer-Streit B et al. Systematic Reviews 2016 5:197 Continue reading Rapid HTAs and a research protocol

Supporting policy – rapid response and rapid evidence maps

Two new articles to report, both linked to supporting policy. Designing a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in the Americas region: using the best available evidence and case studies Haby MM et al. Implementation Science 2016 11:117 Conclusions: When designing a new rapid response program, greater attention needs to be given to specifying the rapid review methods and reporting these in sufficient detail to allow … Continue reading Supporting policy – rapid response and rapid evidence maps

Two new papers

The International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care has recently published two new articles on rapid reviews: 1) Using the amstar checklist for rapid reviews: is it feasible? Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2016 Oct 18:1-8. Mattivi JT, Buchberger B. Conclusions: With some adjustments, AMSTAR can be used as a checklist for rapid reviews to describe methodological restrictions in comparison to systematic reviews and to … Continue reading Two new papers

Expediting evidence synthesis for healthcare decision-making: exploring attitudes and perceptions towards rapid reviews using Q methodology

Expediting evidence synthesis for healthcare decision-making: exploring attitudes and perceptions towards rapid reviews using Q methodology. Kelly SE et al. PeerJ 4:e2522 A lovely paper that explores attitudes towards rapid reviews.  The abstract is as follows: Background Rapid reviews expedite the knowledge synthesis process with the goal of providing timely information to healthcare decision-makers who want to use evidence-informed policy and practice approaches. A range … Continue reading Expediting evidence synthesis for healthcare decision-making: exploring attitudes and perceptions towards rapid reviews using Q methodology

New article: The contribution of databases to the results of systematic reviews

The contribution of databases to the results of systematic reviews: a cross-sectional study. Hartling L et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2016 16:127 How much searching should be undertaken when performing a systematic review? There have been a number of other articles exploring this, many captured on this site (Restricting the databases (or language) for a search) but as the authors of this paper point … Continue reading New article: The contribution of databases to the results of systematic reviews

The use of rapid review methods in health technology assessments: 3 case studies

The use of rapid review methods in health technology assessments: 3 case studies Kaltenthaler E et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:108   Abstract Background Rapid reviews are of increasing importance within health technology assessment due to time and resource constraints. There are many rapid review methods available although there is little guidance as to the most suitable methods. We present three case studies … Continue reading The use of rapid review methods in health technology assessments: 3 case studies