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Thanks to all those who reviewed for Systematic Reviews in 2015

Contributing reviewers A peer-reviewed journal would not survive without the generous time and insightful comments of the reviewers, whose efforts often go unrecognized. Although final decisions are always editorial, they are greatly facilitated by the deeper technical knowledge, scientific insights, understanding of social consequences, and passion that reviewers bring to our...

All in the Family: systematic reviews, rapid reviews, scoping reviews, realist reviews, and more

perhaps some current species of review will become extinct. Thus, it is with the scientific method, which we believe is the foundation that unites the Family of systematic reviews. Competing interests Paul ... Shekelle and Lesley Stewart have no competing interests. David Moher declares: I have received funding from BMC for an unrelated project. Authors’ contributions All authors came up with the initial idea and

Hyaluronic acid injection therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: concordant efficacy and conflicting serious adverse events in two systematic reviews

Background The prevalence of knee osteoarthritis (OA)/degenerative joint disease (DJD) is increasing in the USA. Systematic reviews of treatment efficacy and adverse events (AEs) of hyaluronic acid (HA) injections report conflicting evidence about the balance of benefits and harms. We review evidence on efficacy and AEs of intraarticular viscosupplementation with HA in older...

What is an evidence map? A systematic review of published evidence maps and their definitions, methods, and products

Background The need for systematic methods for reviewing evidence is continuously increasing. Evidence mapping is one emerging method. There are no authoritative recommendations for what constitutes an evidence map or what methods should be used, and anecdotal evidence suggests heterogeneity in both. Our objectives are to identify published evidence maps and to compare and...

An evidence map of the effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes

Background This evidence map describes the volume and focus of Tai Chi research reporting health outcomes. Originally developed as a martial art, Tai Chi is typically taught as a series of slow, low-impact movements that integrate the breath, mind, and physical activity to achieve greater awareness and a sense of well-being. Methods The evidence map is based on a systematic...

Thanks to all those who reviewed for Systematic Reviews in 2014

Laura Sampietro-Colom Spain Margaret Sampson Canada Connie Schardt USA Roberta Scherer USA Jodi Segal USA Larissa Shamseer Canada Beverley Shea Canada Paul Shekelle USA Nathan Shippee USA Vijay Shukla

Systematic review of school-based interventions to prevent smoking for girls

Smith 1 Scott Sherman 6 7 Willem J.J. Assendelft 5 Paul Shekelle 1 4 0 Gender & Women's Health, Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Medical Center , Postbus 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen

Why prospective registration of systematic reviews makes sense

Prospective registration of systematic reviews promotes transparency, helps reduce potential for bias and serves to avoid unintended duplication of reviews. Registration offers advantages to many stakeholders in return for modest additional effort from the researchers registering their reviews.

Establishing a new journal for systematic review products

Welcome to a new age in publishing systematic reviews. We hope the launch of Systematic Reviews will resonate with a broad spectrum of readers interested in using them in a variety of ways, such as providing comprehensive and up to date evidence for patient management, informing health policy, and developing rigorous practice guidelines. Systematic reviews are increasingly...

Preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols (PRISMA-P) 2015 statement

Liberatiˆ Mark Petticrew 5 Paul Shekelle 4 Lesley A Stewart 3 PRISMA-P Group 0 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa , Ottawa , Canada 1 National Health and Medical Research Council ... University of Ottawa (Ottawa; Canada); Paul Shekelle, Southern California EPC, (Los Angeles, USA); Iveta Simera, CSM, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK); Lesley A Stewart, CRD, University of York (York, UK

Reducing PSA-Based Prostate Cancer Screening in Men Aged 75 Years and Older with the Use of Highly Specific Computerized Clinical Decision Support

INTRODUCTION In 2012, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented guidelines seeking to reduce PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in men aged 75 years and older. OBJECTIVES To reduce the use of inappropriate PSA-based prostate cancer screening among men aged 75 and over. SETTING The Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VA GLA) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION...

How can we recognize continuous quality improvement?

Objective Continuous quality improvement (CQI) methods are foundational approaches to improving healthcare delivery. Publications using the term CQI, however, are methodologically heterogeneous, and labels other than CQI are used to signify relevant approaches. Standards for identifying the use of CQI based on its key methodological features could enable more effective learning...

Developing clinical practice guidelines: target audiences, identifying topics for guidelines, guideline group composition and functioning and conflicts of interest

Clinical practice guidelines are one of the foundations of efforts to improve health care. In 1999, we authored a paper about methods to develop guidelines. Since it was published, the methods of guideline development have progressed both in terms of methods and necessary procedures and the context for guideline development has changed with the emergence of guideline clearing...

Developing clinical practice guidelines: reviewing, reporting, and publishing guidelines; updating guidelines; and the emerging issues of enhancing guideline implementability and accounting for comorbid conditions in guideline development

Clinical practice guidelines are one of the foundations of efforts to improve health care. In 1999, we authored a paper about methods to develop guidelines. Since it was published, the methods of guideline development have progressed both in terms of methods and necessary procedures and the context for guideline development has changed with the emergence of guideline clearing...

Developing clinical practice guidelines: types of evidence and outcomes; values and economics, synthesis, grading, and presentation and deriving recommendations

Clinical practice guidelines are one of the foundations of efforts to improve healthcare. In 1999, we authored a paper about methods to develop guidelines. Since it was published, the methods of guideline development have progressed both in terms of methods and necessary procedures and the context for guideline development has changed with the emergence of guideline...

Conducting Online Expert panels: a feasibility and experimental replicability study

Background This paper has two goals. First, we explore the feasibility of conducting online expert panels to facilitate consensus finding among a large number of geographically distributed stakeholders. Second, we test the replicability of panel findings across four panels of different size. Method We engaged 119 panelists in an iterative process to identify definitional features...