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  1. Specialist palliative care (SPC) interventions aim to relieve and prevent suffering in the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual domain. Therefore, SPC is carried out by a multi-professional team with...

    Authors: Jan Gaertner, Waldemar Siemens, Gerd Antes, Joerg J Meerpohl, Carola Xander, Guido Schwarzer, Stephanie Stock and Gerhild Becker
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:123
  2. One of the most efficient radiation protection methods to reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes in case of accidental radioactive iodine release is the administration of potassium iodine (KI). Although KI...

    Authors: Steffen Dreger, Manuela Pfinder, Lara Christianson, Stefan K Lhachimi and Hajo Zeeb
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:126
  3. Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is an accurate test commonly used to determine whether thyroid nodules are malignant in adults. However, less is known about its diagnostic accuracy for this purpose in chi...

    Authors: Sarah W. Lai, Derek J. Roberts, Doreen M. Rabi and Karin Y. Winston
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:120
  4. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common reproductive endocrine disease that is seen among adolescent women. Currently, there is limited evidence to support treatment options leading to considerable vari...

    Authors: Reem A. Al Khalifah, Iván D. Flórez, Brittany Dennis, Binod Neupane, Lehana Thabane and Ereny Bassilious
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:125
  5. Systematic reviews of interventions provide a summary of the evidence available on intervention effectiveness and harm. Cochrane systematic reviews (CSRs) have been published electronically in the Cochrane Dat...

    Authors: Xue Wang, Barbara S. Hawkins and Kay Dickersin
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:118
  6. Breast and prostate cancers are the most commonly diagnosed non-dermatologic malignancies in Canada. Agents including endocrine therapies (e.g., aromatase inhibitors, gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogs, a...

    Authors: Brian Hutton, Fatemeh Yazdi, Louise Bordeleau, Scott Morgan, Chris Cameron, Salmaan Kanji, Dean Fergusson, Andrea Tricco, Sharon Straus, Becky Skidmore, Mona Hersi, Misty Pratt, Sasha Mazzarello, Melissa Brouwers, David Moher and Mark Clemons
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:114
  7. Health care professionals (HCPs) are able to make effective decisions regarding patient care through the use of systematically developed clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). These recommendations are especiall...

    Authors: Jennifer R. Tomasone, Rushil Chaudhary and Melissa C. Brouwers
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:113
  8. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately affected by high rates of HIV, yet relatively few products exist for female-initiated HIV prevention. New antiretroviral (ARV)-based prevention options could ...

    Authors: Robyn Eakle, Caitlin Jarrett, Adam Bourne, Jonathan Stadler and Heidi Larson
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:111
  9. Universities, public institutions, and the transfer of knowledge to the private sector play a major role in the development of medical technologies. The decisions of universities and public institutions regard...

    Authors: Rosa Jahn, Olaf Müller and Kayvan Bozorgmehr
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:110
  10. Large numbers of people provide carer roles for survivors of stroke. Person-centred stroke rehabilitation must consider the perspectives of carers, as stroke affects not only the stroke survivor but also the q...

    Authors: Julie A. Luker, Susanne Bernhardsson, Elizabeth Lynch, Carolyn Murray, Olivia P. Hill and Julie Bernhardt
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:108
  11. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a technique that can be used to assess corticospinal plasticity. Current TMS practices involve the administration of multiple stimuli over target areas of the partici...

    Authors: Rocco Cavaleri, Siobhan M. Schabrun and Lucy S. Chipchase
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:107
  12. Tracheostomy is one of the most frequently performed procedures in intensive care medicine. The two main approaches to form a tracheostoma are the open surgical tracheotomy (ST) and the interventional strategy...

    Authors: Rosa Klotz, Ulla Klaiber, Kathrin Grummich, Pascal Probst, Markus K. Diener, Markus W. Büchler and Phillip Knebel
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:105
  13. Biased processing of body-related information may be linked to the development and maintenance of eating disorders (ED). The objective of this systematic review will be to examine the occurrence and the extent...

    Authors: Kathrin Schuck, Simone Munsch and Silvia Schneider
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:103
  14. Renal replacement therapy is increasingly utilized in the intensive care unit (ICU), of which continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is most common. Despite CRRT being a relatively resource-intensive and ...

    Authors: Oleksa Rewa, Pierre-Marc Villeneuve, Dean T. Eurich, Henry T Stelfox, RT Noel Gibney, Lisa Hartling, Robin Featherstone and Sean M Bagshaw
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:102
  15. Authors: Anneloes E. Ruifrok, Ewelina Rogozinska, Mireille N. M. van Poppel, Girish Rayanagoudar, Sally Kerry, Christianne J. M. de Groot, SeonAe Yeo, Emma Molyneaux, Ruben Barakat Carballo, Maria Perales, Annick Bogaerts, Jose G. Cecatti, Fernanda Surita, Jodie Dodd, Julie Owens, Nermeen El Beltagy…
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:101

    The original article was published in Systematic Reviews 2014 3:131

  16. Health system integration is a key component of health system reform with the goal of improving outcomes for patients, providers, and the health system. Although health systems continue to strive for better in...

    Authors: Nelly D. Oelke, Esther Suter, Maria Alice Dias da Silva Lima and Cheryl Van Vliet-Brown
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:99
  17. When potentially associated with the likelihood of outcome, missing participant data represents a serious potential source of bias in randomized trials. Authors of systematic reviews frequently face this probl...

    Authors: Elie A. Akl, Lara A. Kahale, Thomas Agoritsas, Romina Brignardello-Petersen, Jason W. Busse, Alonso Carrasco-Labra, Shanil Ebrahim, Bradley C. Johnston, Ignacio Neumann, Ivan Sola, Xin Sun, Per Vandvik, Yuqing Zhang, Pablo Alonso-Coello and Gordon Guyatt
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:98
  18. Improving and sustaining the quality of hospital care is an international challenge. Patient experience data can be used to target improvement and research. However, the use of patient experience data has been...

    Authors: Michelle Beattie, Douglas J. Murphy, Iain Atherton and William Lauder
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:97
  19. No definite consensus has been established about the optimal pressure for artificial pneumoperitoneum when performing laparoscopic surgery. It has been postulated that lowering intra-peritoneal pressure levels...

    Authors: Esther B. Kyle, Sarah Maheux-Lacroix, Amélie Boutin and Madeleine Lemyre
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:96
  20. Most patients are discharged from an intensive care unit with an expectation that they will survive their hospital stay, yet these patients have high subsequent in-hospital mortality. Patients are frequently d...

    Authors: Sarah A. Vollam, Susan J. Dutton, Duncan Young and Peter J. Watkinson
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:93
  21. After being discharged from hospital following the acute management of a fragility fracture, older adults may re-present to hospital emergency departments in the post-discharge period. Early re-presentation to...

    Authors: Saira A. Mathew, Kristiann C. Heesch, Elise Gane and Steven M. McPhail
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:91
  22. Those planning, managing and working in health systems worldwide routinely need to make decisions regarding strategies to improve health care and promote equity. Systematic reviews of different kinds can be of...

    Authors: Etienne V. Langlois, Michael K. Ranson, Till Bärnighausen, Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Karen Daniels, Fadi El-Jardali, Abdul Ghaffar, Jeremy Grimshaw, Andy Haines, John N. Lavis, Simon Lewin, Qingyue Meng, Sandy Oliver, Tomás Pantoja, Sharon Straus, Ian Shemilt…
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:90
  23. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is generally thought to be a good source to search when conducting a review of qualitative evidence. Case studies have suggested that using...

    Authors: Kath Wright, Su Golder and Kate Lewis-Light
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:104

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Systematic Reviews 2015 4:169

  24. Increasing numbers of systematic reviews evaluating the diagnostic test accuracy of technologies are being published. Currently, review teams tend to apply conventional systematic review standards to identify ...

    Authors: Louise Preston, Christopher Carroll, Paolo Gardois, Suzy Paisley and Eva Kaltenthaler
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:82
  25. Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) is a predictable consequence of head and neck cancer and its treatment. Loss of the ability to eat and drink normally has a devastating impact on quality of life for surviv...

    Authors: Roganie Govender, Christina H Smith, Stuart A Taylor, Daphne Grey, Jane Wardle and Benjamin Gardner
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:89
  26. Once-daily low-dose aspirin is routinely used for the prevention of secondary events in cardiovascular disease (CVD). The routine use of aspirin in primary prevention of CVD is less clear due to a finer balanc...

    Authors: Danai Bem, Janine Dretzke, Simon Stevens, Marie Lordkipanidzé, James Hodgkinson, Sue Bayliss, David Moore and David Fitzmaurice
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:88
  27. Randomized controlled trials are the sine qua non of causal inference; however, heterogeneity of treatment effects for many chronic conditions and for many symptoms often limits their utility. Single-patient s...

    Authors: Jonathan A. Shaffer, Louis Falzon, Ken Cheung and Karina W. Davidson
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:87
  28. Spasticity in the upper limb is common after acquired brain impairment and may have a significant impact on the ability to perform meaningful daily activities. Traditionally, outcome measurement in spasticity ...

    Authors: Shannon Pike, Natasha Anne Lannin, Anne Cusick, Kylie Wales, Lynne Turner-Stokes and Stephen Ashford
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:86
  29. Selective reporting bias (SRB), the incomplete publication of outcomes measured or of analyses performed in a study, may lead to the over- or underestimation of treatment effects or harms. Cochrane systematic ...

    Authors: Emma K Reid, Aaron M Tejani, Lawrence N Huan, Gregory Egan, Cait O’Sullivan, Alain D Mayhew and Monisha Kabir
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:85
  30. Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) refers to acute or chronic liver injury that may occur as a consequence of using drugs and herbal or dietary supplements. Specific therapies for DILI are limited. There is cons...

    Authors: Mohamed Farouk Chughlay, Nicole Kramer, Mahmoud Werfalli, Wendy Spearman, Mark Emmanuel Engel and Karen Cohen
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:84
  31. Thoracic surgical procedures impair respiratory function, decreasing ventilation and oxygenation and increasing the risk of acute respiratory failure and pulmonary complications. To prevent these clinical repe...

    Authors: Elinaldo da Conceição dos Santos and Adriana Claudia Lunardi
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:83
  32. Self-management models can be a very powerful resource in the health system provided they are well tailored to a particular disease and setting. Patient outcomes have been demonstrated to improve when self-man...

    Authors: Edward Zimbudzi, Clement Lo, Marie Misso, Sanjeeva Ranasinha and Sophia Zoungas
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:81
  33. Child health and wellbeing is influenced by multiple factors, all of which can impact on early childhood development. Adverse early life experiences can have lasting effects across the life course, sustaining ...

    Authors: Emma Coles, Helen Cheyne and Brigid Daniel
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:79
  34. Acute cholecystitis is a common diagnosis. However, the heterogeneity of presentation makes it difficult to standardize management. Although surgery is the mainstay of treatment, critically ill patients have b...

    Authors: Peter C. Ambe, Sarantos Kaptanis, Marios Papadakis, Sebastian A. Weber and Hubert Zirngibl
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:77
  35. Magnesium plays a key role in maintaining internal homeostasis through actions in the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine and cellular messenger systems. Renal excretion is the major route of magnesium elimina...

    Authors: John Floridis, Asanga Abeyaratne and Sandawana William Majoni
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:76
  36. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) used in the health sector have well-known advantages. They can promote patient-centered healthcare, improve quality of care, and educate health professionals a...

    Authors: Geneviève Rouleau, Marie-Pierre Gagnon and José Côté
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:75
  37. Diabetic individuals have a largely increased risk of lower extremity amputation (LEA) compared with non-diabetic patients. Prior systematic reviews of incidence of LEA have some limitations with respect to la...

    Authors: Tatjana Kvitkina, Maria Narres, Heiner Claessen, Sigrid Droste, Stephan Morbach, Oliver Kuss and Andrea Icks
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:74
  38. A core outcome set (COS) can address problems of outcome heterogeneity and outcome reporting bias in trials and systematic reviews, including Cochrane reviews, helping to reduce waste. One of the aims of the i...

    Authors: Francesca Wuytack, Valerie Smith, Mike Clarke, Paula Williamson and Elizabeth Gargon
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:73
  39. As persons with HIV live longer, data regarding the epidemiology of colorectal cancer are required to optimize the long-term management of these patients. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysi...

    Authors: Joseph Djiometio Nguemo, Tyler J O’Neill, Nancy Kou, Anne-Marie Tynan, Ayda Agha, Ann N Burchell and Tony Antoniou
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:72
  40. This study aims to determine the prognostic accuracy of term MRI in very preterm born (≤32 weeks) or low-birth-weight (≤1500 g) infants for long-term (>18 months) developmental outcomes.

    Authors: Janneke van’t Hooft, Johanna H. van der Lee, Brent C. Opmeer, Cornelieke S. H. Aarnoudse-Moens, Arnold G. E. Leenders, Ben Willem J. Mol and Timo R. de Haan
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:71

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