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A scoping approach to systematically review published reviews: Adaptations and recommendations Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Annette Schultz, Leah Goertzen, Janet Rothney, Pamela Wener, Jennifer Enns, Gayle Halas, Alan Katz
  • Published Date: Nov 22, 2017

Knowledge translation is a central focus of the health research community, which includes strategies to synthesize published research to support uptake within health care practice and...

A review of the reporting of web searching to identify studies for C ochrane systematic reviews Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Simon Briscoe
  • Published Date: Nov 09, 2017

The literature searches that are used to identify studies for inclusion in a systematic review should be comprehensively reported. This ensures that the literature searches are transparent...

Searching for trial protocols: A comparison of methods Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Anthea Sutton, Maria Carmen Galvan De La Cruz, Joanna Leaviss, Andrew Booth
  • Published Date: Nov 22, 2017

Introduction Registration and publication of trial protocols has become increasingly important and a requirement in some sources of funding and publication....

Looking beyond the forest: Using harvest plots, gap analysis, and expert consultations to assess effectiveness, engage stakeholders, and inform policy Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: J. Burns, S. Polus, L. Brereton, J. Chilcott, S.E. Ward, L.M. Pfadenhauer, E.A. Rehfuess
  • Published Date: Nov 22, 2017

We describe a combination of methods for assessing the effectiveness of complex interventions, especially where substantial heterogeneity with regard to the population, intervention,...

Reconciling disparate data to determine the right answer: A grounded theory of meta analysts' reasoning in meta‐analysis Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Lisa Chan, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Franco A. Carnevale, Russell J. Steele, Ian Shrier
  • Published Date: Sep 03, 2017

While the systematic review process is intended to maximize objectivity and limit researchers' biases, examples remain of discordant recommendations from meta‐analyses. Current guidelines...

Towards a taxonomy of logic models in systematic reviews and health technology assessments: A priori, staged, and iterative approaches Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Eva A. Rehfuess, Andrew Booth, Louise Brereton, Jacob Burns, Ansgar Gerhardus, Kati Mozygemba, Wija Oortwijn, Lisa M. Pfadenhauer, Marcia Tummers, Gert‐Jan Wilt, Anke Rohwer
  • Published Date: Jul 25, 2017

The complexity associated with how interventions result—or fail to result—in outcomes and how context matters is increasingly recognised. Logic models provide an important tool for...

Meta‐analysis of test accuracy studies using imputation for partial reporting of multiple thresholds Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: J. Ensor, J.J. Deeks, E.C. Martin, R.D. Riley
  • Published Date: Nov 22, 2017

Introduction For tests reporting continuous results, primary studies usually provide test performance at multiple but often different thresholds. This creates...

Locating qualitative studies in dementia on MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO: A comparison of search strategies Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Morwenna Rogers, Alison Bethel, Rebecca Abbott
  • Published Date: Nov 27, 2017

Background Qualitative research in dementia improves understanding of the experience of people affected by dementia. Searching databases for qualitative studies is...

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