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Table 2 Available guidance/comment on the use of existing systematic reviews

From: Integration of existing systematic reviews into new reviews: identification of guidance needs

  Guidance areas         
  Locating and defining appropriate use Assessing relevance Assessing review quality Determining use: Scanning references Determining use: Search strategy Determining use: Risk of bias assessment Determining use: Data abstraction Determining use: Synthesis Methods/Results reporting
AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center Program (EPC program)
Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews[2]
Reporting the Findings of Updated Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness[6]         
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH)          
Guidelines for Authors of CADTH Health Technology Assessment Reports[7]
Cochrane Collaboration
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions[8]
Danish Centre for Health Technology Assessment (DACEHTA)        
Health Technology Assessment Handbook[9]
European Collaboration for Health Technology Assessment (ECHTA)        
Best Practice in Undertaking and Reporting Health Technology Assessments[10]
Health Technology Assessment International          
Institute of Medicine          
Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews[11]
Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)        
General Methods[12]
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)        
The Guidelines Manual, Draft for Consultation[13]
York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination: Systematic Reviews (CRD)        
CRD’s Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in Healthcare[14]