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A Conversation on Standards for the Conduct of Systematic Reviews

Topic category Other methods for preparing systematic reviews
Date and Location
Date: 
Friday 21 October 2011 - 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Christopher Schmid (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Christopher
Last name: 
Schmid
Affiliation and Country: 
Tufts University, USA
First name: 
Jeremy
Last name: 
Grimshaw
Affiliation and Country: 
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada
First name: 
Mark
Last name: 
Helfand
Affiliation and Country: 
Oregon Health and Science University, USA
First name: 
David
Last name: 
Tovey
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Collaboration, UK
First name: 
Rachel
Last name: 
Churchill
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Collaboration, UK
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Sally
Last name: 
Morton
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Pittsburgh
First name: 
Jesse
Last name: 
Berlin
Affiliation and Country: 
Johnson and Johnson, USA
First name: 
Kay
Last name: 
Dickersin
Affiliation and Country: 
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Target audience
Target audience: 
Co-ordinating editors, managing editors, trials search co-ordinators, consumers, authors, knowledge users
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Any
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Clinical Effectiveness Research proposes a rigorous approach to systematic reviews and meta-analysis that should be applied, at a minimum, to reviews funded by the US public (e.g. Evidence Based Practice Centers (EPCs)). The standards, released in March 2011, include detailed recommendations on issues such as assembling a team, ensuring stakeholder input, constructing analytic frameworks, minimizing bias and obtaining feedback on draft reports. The standards build on guidance from The Cochrane Collaboration, the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and US EPCs. The workshop will describe the IOM standards and development process and compare the resulting standards against current Cochrane guidance to foster discussion about optimal methods of conducting systematic reviews.

Description:Members of the IOM Committee (Schmid, Dickersin and Grimshaw) will describe the development process and compare the standards with current Cochrane guidance. Churchill and Tovey will describe current Cochrane guidance and ongoing initiatives to improve quality of reviews. Followed by group discussion.