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Search strategies and data sources for adverse effects reviews

Topic category Searching and information retrieval
Date and Location
Date: 
Friday 21 October 2011 - 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Adverse Effects Methods Group
Contact person
Contact person: 
Su Golder (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Su
Last name: 
Golder
Affiliation and Country: 
Adverse Effects Methods Group, UK
First name: 
Andrew
Last name: 
Herxheimer
Affiliation and Country: 
Adverse Effects Methods Group, UK
First name: 
Sunita
Last name: 
Vohra
Affiliation and Country: 
Adverse Effects Methods Group, Canada
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Yoon
Last name: 
Loke
Affiliation and Country: 
Adverse Effects Methods Group, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
review authors, trial search coordinators
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: 
Training
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objective:
To give guidance for review authors on the available data sources on adverse effects, and how to retrieve data for incorporation into a systematic review. This will include the development of optimal search techniques and discussion of the diverse formats of adverse effects data sources.

Description:
Participants will receive a number of scenarios, and will then work together in small groups to plan a search strategy for a comprehensive evaluation of adverse effects. The scenarios will be drawn from real-life situations to cover a wide range of potential adverse effects, such as:
1) There have been safety concerns arisen about the risk of fractures with thiazolidinediones.
2) Patients with epilepsy often have to take long-term medication to control their symptoms, and there are concerns over the safety and tolerability of the drugs.
At the end, groups will feedback on their protocols, and any points raised will be discussed further. Examples from existing reviews will be provided by the facilitator, as well as tips and tricks to solve specific issues.