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Entries in Systematic Reviews (20)

Monday
Feb042013

Outcome Reporting Bias

And its effect on systematic review outcomes.  Study.

The reliability of systematic reviews, in particular meta-analyses they contain, can be improved if more attention is paid to missing outcome data. The availability of [core outcome sets] for specific health conditions might help with this and the concept has support from the majority of Co-ordinating Editors in [Cochrane review groups].

I seem to be coming across a number of bias in SR papers recently, as well as - not coincidentally, I'm sure - discussions re: the need for better, more consistent reporting. 

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Kirkham JJ, Gargon E, Clarke M, Williamson PR. Can a core outcome set improve the quality of systematic reviews? -- a survey of the Co-ordinating Editors of Cochrane review group. Trials. 2013 Jan 22;14(1):21. 

Wednesday
Jan162013

PROSPERO At One Year

Some PROSPERO data (of SRs registered in their system):

PROSPERO at one year: an evaluation of its utility. (PDF)
Systematic Reviews 2013, 2(4)
Booth A, Clarke M, Dooley G, Ghersi D, Moher D, Petticrew M,
Stewart L. 

Friday
Jan112013

Google Scholar & Systematic Reviews

Is Google Scholar Enough for SR Searches? No

I agree.  

Is the coverage of google scholar enough to be used alone for systematic reviews 
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013 Jan 9;13(1)
Jean-François G, Laetitia R, Stefan D. 
PMID: 23302542 

 

Monday
Nov192012

Precision vs Recall

"The challenge facing all systematic review searchers is to balance the goal of high recall against the workload created by low precision searches."  Yes.  Balance.  I couldn't agree more.

via expert searching

Sampson, M., Tetzlaff, J. and Urquhart, C. (2011), Precision of healthcare systematic review searches in a cross-sectional sample. Res. Synth. Method, 2: 119–125. doi: 10.1002/jrsm.42

Sunday
May062012

Test & Systematic Review Search

This is partially a test.  I've changed the site around and am using this to test that things still function properly.  I'll also take the opportunity to promote an SR project I was a part of: