Systematic Reviews encompasses all aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. The journal aims to publish high quality systematic review products including systematic review protocols, systematic reviews related to a very broad definition of health, rapid reviews, updates of already completed systematic reviews, and methods research related to the science of systematic reviews, such as decision modeling. The journal also aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted systematic reviews are published, regardless of their outcome.
- David Moher, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
- Paul G Shekelle, RAND Corporation
- Lesley A Stewart, CRD, University of York
New Canadian guidelines have called for increased tailoring to service users’ needs. Immigrant women’s experiences of maternity-care services highlighted they have the opportunity to access necessary services, though barriers often include lack of awareness and insufficient support to access the services.
Meta-analysis of test accuracy studies: an exploratory method for investigating the impact of missing thresholds
Meta-analysis of test accuracy studies with multiple thresholds can be affected if the primary studies have different or missing threshold data. An exploratory method to assess the impact of missing thresholds on conclusions from a test accuracy meta-analysis revealed results are vulnerable to the missing data.
Comorbidity can affect patient healthcare outcomes, requiring risk-adjustment studies to attempt to predict rehabilitation outcomes that are influenced by different comorbidity measurements. This systematic review will assess comorbidity measurements in inpatient rehabilitation for non-traumatic brain injury.
Methods of a multi-faceted rapid knowledge synthesis project to inform the implementation of a new health service model
In some circumstances it is imperative that knowledge is gathered and assessed in a time-dependent manner, particularly for policy makers. Such was the case to inform the implementation of a new health service in Nova Scotia, Canada, the methods of which are described and evaluated.
Vigorous systematic review methods include searching multiple bibliographic databases for identifying studies for inclusion, though this leads to duplicate citations. The Systematic Review Assistant-Deduplication Module (SRA-DM) was tested and validated; results indicate it is a reliable deduplication program.
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Systematic reviews reporting
Systematic Reviews advocates the complete and transparent reporting of research. Authors are required to adhere to the PRISMA Statement for any submitted systematic reviews, and required to follow the PRISMA-P Statement for protocol articles. The Editors also encourage authors to follow any relevant extensions to the PRISMA Statement, available from the EQUATOR Network.
Dr. David Moher is a senior scientist at the Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa. Dr. Moher has been involved in systematic reviews for more than 20 years and has made contributions to the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. Dr. Moher is associated with many journals, is a member of the advisory board for the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, and a member of the EQUATOR Network's steering group.
In addition to currently serving as a Staff Physician at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dr. Shekelle has served as the Director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center for the RAND Corporation since 1997. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He is widely recognized in the field of guidelines, quality measurement, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Shekelle has extensive experience in the health care arena and was previously the methodologist for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]) Low-Back Guidelines Panel, and he has participated in a number of other guideline development activities. He is currently the chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians.
Professor Lesley Stewart is Director of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York and is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. Lesley has been involved in evidence synthesis in healthcare since the late 1980's, previously running the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit meta-analysis research programme. Together with colleagues in Cambridge and Oxford, she helped establish the methodology and framework for individual patient data (IPD) reviews and was a founding member of the Cochrane Collaboration. Her research interests include the avoidance of bias and development of IPD methods and approaches to systematic review. Recently, she has instigated the development of PROSPERO an international register for the prospective registration of systematic reviews.