HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Systematic Reviews Update (SyRUp)

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, G√łtzsche 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.