Practical Guides, Lessons Learned
Brown PA, Harniss MK, Schomer KG, Feinberg M, Cullen NK, Johnson KL. Conducting systematic evidence reviews: core concepts and lessons learned. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012;93(8 Suppl):S177–184. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2011.11.038.
The authors of this article describe the challenges of adapting systematic review methods to research on disability and rehabilitation and provide a summary of practical steps to take.
The tips in this article are not quite adequate for producing a systematic review, but they should be very helpful to practioner-researchers who are interested in introducing more rigor to their literature reviews.
Kable AK, Pich J, Maslin-Prothero SE. A structured approach to documenting a search strategy for publication: a 12 step guideline for authors. Nurse Educ Today. 2012;32(8):878–886. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2012.02.022.
A solid, easy-to-follow description of a basic method for documenting a search strategy. Note that the authors recommend consulting a librarian during the search documentation process.
An editorial by the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee that proposes and provideds data for metrics assessing the performance of the Cochrane library of systematic reviews. The proposed metrics include measures of productivity, currency, participation, and impact.
Report on a study of the AMSTAR assessment of systematic review reporting that measured interrater reliability on the AMSTAR assessment and convergence of the AMSTAR assessment score with a gobal assessment.
Another test of the AMSTAR assessment, this time comparing it with the enhanced quality assessment questionnaire (Overview of Quality Assessment Questionnaire [OQAQ]) and Sacks' instrument.
This editorial in Nature: Medicine argues that, since many systematic reviews rely on studies that do not have the highest possible level of rigor- they may lose credibility if systematic review methods demanding a higher level of data are not adopted.
Brito JP, Tsapas A, Griebeler ML, et al. Systematic reviews supporting practice guideline recommendations lack protection against bias. J Clin Epidemiol. 2013;66(6):633–638. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.01.008.
The AMSTAR assessment was used to measure the qualtiy of systematic reviews supporting clinical practice guidlines in endocrinology.