In the time you take to read this update another one-eighth of a systematic review will have been completed worldwide – if only WE could do them that quick!) To help us here is a handful of articles published so far in 2011 that are informing our own methodologies:
Carroll C, Booth A & Cooper K. A worked example of "best fit" framework synthesis: A systematic review of views concerning the taking of some potential chemopreventive agents. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011, 11:29doi:10.1186/1471-2288-11-29
Roseman M, Milette K, Bero LA, Coyne JC, Lexchin J, Turner EH, Thombs BD. Reporting of conflicts of interest in meta-analyses of trials of pharmacological treatments. JAMA. 2011 Mar 9;305(10):1008-17.
Ryan R, Hill S, Lowe D, et al. Notification and support for people exposed to the risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) (or other prion diseases) through medical treatment (iatrogenically). [***First Ever Cochrane Quan-Qual Synthesis***] Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD007578/frame.html
Singh JA, Wells GA, Christensen R, et al. Adverse effects of biologics: a network meta-analysis and Cochrane overview. [***First Ever Cochrane Network Meta-analysis***] Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD008794. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008794.pub2
Sirriyeh R, Lawton R, Gardner P, Armitage G. Reviewing studies with diverse designs: the development and evaluation of a new tool. J Eval Clin Pract. 2011 Mar 16. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01662.x.
Talseth AG, Gilje FL. Nurses' responses to suicide and suicidal patients: a critical interpretive synthesis. J Clin Nurs. 2011 Mar 1. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03490.x. [Epub ahead of print]
Willis BH, Quigley M. Uptake of newer methodological developments and the deployment of meta-analysis in diagnostic test research: a systematic review. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2011 Mar 14;11(1):27.