A couple of new papers

Two new papers of interest: Grey literature in systematic reviews: a cross-sectional study of the contribution of non-English reports, unpublished studies and dissertations to the results of meta-analyses in child-relevant reviews.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 BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:64 Conclusions: The majority of SRs searched for non-English and unpublished studies; however, these represented a small proportion of included studies and rarely impacted the results … Continue reading A couple of new papers

Trading certainty for speed – how much uncertainty are decisionmakers and guideline developers willing to accept when using rapid reviews

Trading certainty for speed – how much uncertainty are decisionmakers and guideline developers willing to accept when using rapid reviews. Wagner G et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:121 Abstract below and comment (from me) under that: Background Decisionmakers and guideline developers demand rapid syntheses of the evidence when time sensitive evidence-informed decisions are required. A potential trade-off of such rapid reviews is that … Continue reading Trading certainty for speed – how much uncertainty are decisionmakers and guideline developers willing to accept when using rapid reviews

Comparison of a full systematic review versus a rapid review approaches to assess a newborn screening test for tyrosinemia type 1

Comparison of a full systematic review versus a rapid review approaches to assess a newborn screening test for tyrosinemia type 1. Taylor-Phillips S et al. Res Synth Methods. 2017 Jul 13. This is exactly the sort of thing I want to see, a comparison of systematic versus rapid reviews.  A couple of points: Much of the analysis focuses on process outcomes (e.g. RR missing papers). … Continue reading Comparison of a full systematic review versus a rapid review approaches to assess a newborn screening test for tyrosinemia type 1

Two new articles on rapid reviews

Does knowledge brokering improve the quality of rapid review proposals? A before and after study. Moore G et al. Systematic Reviews 2017 6:23 Conclusions: This study found that knowledge brokering increased the perceived clarity of information provided in Evidence Check rapid review proposals and the confidence of reviewers that they could meet policy makers’ needs. Further research is needed to identify how the knowledge brokering process … Continue reading Two new articles on rapid reviews

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