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Special session: Clarifying methods and protocol design issues for systematic reviews that incorporate evidence from econometric analyses

Topic category Other methods for preparing systematic reviews
Date and Location
Date: 
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 11:15 - 12:45
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Ian Shemilt (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Ian
Last name: 
Shemilt
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Cambridge, UK
First name: 
Till
Last name: 
Baernighausen
Affiliation and Country: 
Harvard School of Public Health, USA
First name: 
Jorge
Last name: 
Hombrados
Affiliation and Country: 
3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, UK
First name: 
Mehmet
Last name: 
Ugur
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Greenwich, UK
First name: 
Hugh
Last name: 
Waddington
Affiliation and Country: 
3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, UK
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Jeremy
Last name: 
Grimshaw
Affiliation and Country: 
Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Canada
First name: 
Mark
Last name: 
Petticrew
Affiliation and Country: 
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
First name: 
Kent
Last name: 
Ranson
Affiliation and Country: 
WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Switzerland
First name: 
John-Arne
Last name: 
Røttingen
Affiliation and Country: 
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Norway
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors interested in economic issues
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: 
Objective: To clarify methodological issues in systematic reviews that aim to incorporate evidence collected from econometric analyses.The following questions will be discussed:
i) how can key stakeholder organisations best work together to address methodology and protocol design issues in systematic reviews that incorporate evidence collected from econometric analyses?;
ii) how can systematic reviews that incorporate econometric evidence draw on established Cochrane-Campbell methodology?;
iii) is it feasible to specify a generic template for protocols for such reviews that would be applicable to a range of broad topic areas?

Description: Econometric analyses utilise observational data to specify statistical models that aim to describe associations or causal relationships between outcome and explanatory variables, and typically express their results in terms of regression coefficients, or transformations of regression coefficients. Systematic reviews that aim to synthesise policy-relevant evidence for health systems performance and quality, international development, health promotion, public health and education increasingly encounter evidence for effects in numbers of econometric analyses. Statistical methods for synthesizing evidence collected from such analyses are relatively well developed. However, established systematic review methods for translating policy questions into eligibility criteria, locating and selecting studies, collecting data and quality assessment may need to be adapted to incorporate such evidence.