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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...

Detecting small‐study effects and funnel plot asymmetry in meta‐analysis of survival data: A comparison of new and existing tests Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Thomas P. A. Debray, Karel G. M. Moons, Richard D. Riley
  • Published Date: Nov 28, 2017

Small‐study effects are a common threat in systematic reviews and may indicate publication bias. Their existence is often verified by visual inspection of the funnel plot. Formal tests to...

Evaluation of a new method for librarian‐mediated literature searches for systematic reviews Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Wichor M. Bramer, Melissa L. Rethlefsen, Frans Mast, Jos Kleijnen
  • Published Date: Nov 28, 2017

Objective To evaluate and validate the time of completion and results of a new method of searching for systematic reviews, the exhaustive search method...

Searching for evidence or approval? A commentary on database search in systematic reviews and alternative information retrieval methodologies Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Aogán Delaney, Peter A. Tamás
  • Published Date: Nov 29, 2017

Despite recognition that database search alone is inadequate even within the health sciences, it appears that reviewers in fields that have adopted systematic review are choosing to rely...

An improved method for bivariate meta‐analysis when within‐study correlations are unknown Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Chuan Hong, Richard D. Riley, Yong Chen
  • Published Date: Dec 07, 2017

Multivariate meta‐analysis, which jointly analyzes multiple and possibly correlated outcomes in a single analysis, is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. An attractive feature...

Practical guidance for using multiple data sources in systematic reviews and meta‐analyses (with examples from the MUDS study) Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Evan Mayo‐Wilson, Tianjing Li, Nicole Fusco, Kay Dickersin, 
  • Published Date: Dec 15, 2017

Data for individual trials included in systematic reviews may be available in multiple sources. For example, a single trial might be reported in 2 journal articles and 3 conference...

A review of methods for comparing treatments evaluated in studies that form disconnected networks of evidence Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: John W. Stevens, Christine Fletcher, Gerald Downey, Anthea Sutton
  • Published Date: Dec 17, 2017

A network meta‐analysis allows a simultaneous comparison between treatments evaluated in randomised controlled trials that share at least one treatment with at least one other study....

Meta‐analysis of full ROC curves using bivariate time‐to‐event models for interval‐censored data Early View

  • Journal: Research Synthesis Methods
  • Authors: Annika Hoyer, Stefan Hirt, Oliver Kuss
  • Published Date: Dec 20, 2017

Systematic reviews and meta‐analyses are the cornerstones of evidence‐based medicine and inform treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of individual patients as well as policy decisions in...

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