With a new academic year almost upon us it is helpful to seek out some recent articles on systematic review methodology to inform and enlighten our teaching. Here is just a handful of those liable to impact upon our teaching practice:
Candy B, King M, Jones L, Oliver S. Using qualitative synthesis to explore heterogeneity of complex interventions. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2011 Aug 26;11(1):124. [Epub ahead of print]
Hansen HP, Draborg E, Kristensen FB. Exploring Qualitative Research Synthesis: The Role of Patients’ Perspectives in Health Policy Design and Decision Making The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, 2011, 4 (3); 143-152
Huf W, Kalcher K, Pail G et al. (2011) Meta-analysis: fact or fiction? How to interpret meta-analyses. [Review]. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 12 (3): 188-200.
Mitchell MD, Williams K, Kuntz G et al. (2011) When the decision is what to decide: using evidence inventory reports to focus health technology assessments. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 27 (2): 127-132.
Orton L, Lloyd-Williams F, Taylor-Robinson D et al. (2011) The use of research evidence in public health decision making processes: systematic review. PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource] 6 (7): e21704-.
Schroll JB, Moustgaard R, Gøtzsche PC. Dealing with substantial heterogeneity in Cochrane reviews. Cross-sectional study. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2011 Feb 24;11:22.
Sedgwick P Endgames (Statistical question) - Meta-analyses: funnel plots. BMJ 2011; 343:d5372 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5372 (Published 31 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011; 343:d5372
Song F, Xiong T, Parekh-Bhurke S et al. (Aug. 2011) Inconsistency between direct and indirect comparisons of competing interventions: meta-epidemiological study. BMJ. 343:d4909.