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Wednesday
Jan162013

Impact of CONSORT

The results of this review suggest that journal endorsement of CONSORT may benefit the completeness of reporting of RCTs they publish. No evidence suggests that endorsement hinders the completeness of RCT reporting. However, despite relative improvements when CONSORT is endorsed by journals, the completeness of reporting of trials remains suboptimal. Journals are not sending a clear message about endorsement to authors submitting manuscripts for publication. As such, fidelity of endorsement as an ‘intervention’ has been weak to date. Journals need to take further action regarding their endorsement and implementation of CONSORT to facilitate accurate, transparent and complete reporting of trials.

Turner L, Shamseer L, Altman DG, Schulz KF, Moher D. Does use of the CONSORT Statement impact the completeness of reporting of randomised controlled trials published in medical journals? A Cochrane review. Syst Rev. 2012 Nov 29;1 (1):60. PMID: 23194585. (PDF)

Wednesday
Jan162013

PROSPERO At One Year

Some PROSPERO data (of SRs registered in their system):

PROSPERO at one year: an evaluation of its utility. (PDF)
Systematic Reviews 2013, 2(4)
Booth A, Clarke M, Dooley G, Ghersi D, Moher D, Petticrew M,
Stewart L. 

Friday
Jan112013

Google Scholar & Systematic Reviews

Is Google Scholar Enough for SR Searches? No

I agree.  

Is the coverage of google scholar enough to be used alone for systematic reviews 
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013 Jan 9;13(1)
Jean-François G, Laetitia R, Stefan D. 
PMID: 23302542 

 

Saturday
Dec292012

Information Seeking Behaviours of Residents

This JAMIA study looks at a) the types of questions residents are asked, and b) the sources they consult, if any, to answer them.  Note: The range of questions is broad, so the focus isn't on questions/sources that generally concern us.

Bass EJ, Devoge JM, Waggoner-Fountain LA, Borowitz SM. Resident physicians as human information systems: sources yet seekers. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Dec 25. PMID: 23268485.

Monday
Nov192012

Precision vs Recall

"The challenge facing all systematic review searchers is to balance the goal of high recall against the workload created by low precision searches."  Yes.  Balance.  I couldn't agree more.

via expert searching

Sampson, M., Tetzlaff, J. and Urquhart, C. (2011), Precision of healthcare systematic review searches in a cross-sectional sample. Res. Synth. Method, 2: 119–125. doi: 10.1002/jrsm.42

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