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An overview of financial sources being utilized to support Zika Virus published research

Methodology: Keisha Goodridge, Ludovic Reveiz. Supervision: Ludovic Reveiz. Writing ± original draft: Keisha Goodridge. Writing ± review & editing: Keisha Goodridge, Ludovic Reveiz, Vanessa Elias. 1. PAHO

Generation and evaluation of an indicator of the health system’s performance in maternal and reproductive health in Colombia: An ecological study

Objective To generate and evaluate an indicator of the health system’s performance in the area of maternal and reproductive health in Colombia. Materials and methods An indicator was constructed based on variables related to the coverage and utilization of healthcare services for pregnant and reproductive-age women. A factor analysis was performed using a polychoric correlation...

Interventions for treating patients with chikungunya virus infection-related rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders: A systematic review

Background Chikungunya virus infection (CHIKV) is caused by a mosquito-borne alphavirus. CHIKV causes high fever and painful rheumatic disorders that may persist for years. Because little is known about interventions for treating CHIKV-related illness, we conducted a systematic review. Methods We used Cochrane methods. We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, LILACS and...

What are the best methodologies for rapid reviews of the research evidence for evidence-informed decision making in health policy and practice: a rapid review

review Michelle M. Haby 0 1 Evelina Chapman Rachel Clark Jorge Barreto Ludovic Reveiz John N. Lavis 0 Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of

Risk of bias and confounding of observational studies of Zika virus infection: A scoping review of research protocols

research protocols. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Ludovic Reveiz, Carlos E. PinzoÂn-Flores, Vanessa Elias. Data curation: Ludovic Reveiz, Michelle M. Haby, Ruth MartÂõnez-Vega, Carlos E. PinzoÂn ... -Flores, Vanessa Elias, Mariona Pinart, Nathalie Broutet, Maria D. Van Kerkhove. Formal analysis: Ludovic Reveiz, Michelle M. Haby, Ruth MartÂõnez-Vega, Carlos E. PinzoÂnFlores, Vanessa Elias, Emma Smith

Designing a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in the Americas region: using the best available evidence and case studies

Background The objective of this work was to inform the design of a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in health policy and practice for the Americas region. Specifically, we focus on the following: (1) What are the best methodological approaches for rapid reviews of the research evidence? (2) What other strategies are needed to facilitate...

Hepatitis C in key populations in Latin America and the Caribbean: systematic review and meta-analysis

Objectives Summarize hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevalence in injecting (IDU) and non-injecting drug users (NIDU), men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and prison inmates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Methods Systematic review on HCV prevalence in sub-populations in LAC. Databases searched from 1-1-2000 to 10-30-2013. Inclusion criteria: prevalence studies in...

Effect of a printed reminder in the waiting room to turn off mobile phones during consultation: a before and after study

Background Telephone interruptions during consultations are one cause of work-related stress amongst general practitioners. Many health care centers recommend that patients turn off any mobile phones to avoid interruptions to the discussion with the physicians. Methods The purpose of this before and after study was to determine whether a printed reminder for turning off the...

Narrow-band imaging does not improve detection of colorectal polyps when compared to conventional colonoscopy: a randomized controlled trial and meta-analysis of published studies

Background A colonoscopy may frequently miss polyps and cancers. A number of techniques have emerged to improve visualization and to reduce the rate of adenoma miss. Methods We conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in two clinics of the Gastrointestinal Department of the Sanitas University Foundation in Bogota, Colombia. Eligible adult patients presenting for screening or...

Interventions for American Cutaneous and Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis: A Systematic Review Update

Introduction Leishmaniasis is an important public health problem in the Americas. A Cochrane review published in 2009 analyzed 38 randomized controlled trials (RCT). We conducted a systematic review to evaluate the effects of therapeutic interventions for American cutaneous and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis. Methods All studies were extracted from PubMed, Embase, Lilacs (2009 to...

Characteristics of Randomized Trials Published in Latin America and the Caribbean According to Funding Source

official position or policy of their employers. Ludovic Reveiz is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Stephanie Sangalang contributed to the project during her internship at the Pan

Chemoprophylaxis in Contacts of Patients with Cholera: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Introduction There is a pressing need for effective measures to prevent the spread of cholera. Our systematic review assesses the effects of chemoprophylaxis in preventing cholera among exposed contacts. Methods and Findings We considered published and unpublished reports of studies up to July 2011. For this we searched: PubMed (1966 to July, 2011), Embase (1980 to July 2011...

Designing and Reporting Clinical Trials on Treatments for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is considered to be one of the most neglected and serious parasitic infectious skin diseases in many developing countries. We have assessed the design and reporting of randomized, controlled trials evaluating treatments included in 2 Cochrane systematic reviews on cutaneous leishmaniasis. The analysis of the methodological quality identified some potential...

Reporting of Methodologic Information on Trial Registries for Quality Assessment: A Study of Trial Records Retrieved from the WHO Search Portal

acknowledge the Ibero-American Cochrane Centre for his support. Ludovic Reveiz is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Conceived and designed the experiments: LR AWC KKJ CEG MP IE DR MM XB

Do trialists endorse clinical trial registration? Survey of a Pubmed sample

researchers about the process and benefits of trial registration are needed to improve compliance. Competing interests Ludovic Reveiz is currently the Director of the Latin American Clinical Trial Register

Prioritization strategies in clinical practice guidelines development: a pilot study

Objective Few methodological studies address the prioritization of clinical topics for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). The aim of this study was to validate a methodology for Priority Determination of Topics (PDT) of CPGs. Methods and results Firstly, we developed an instrument for PDT with 41 criteria that were grouped under 10 domains, based on a...