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  1. Systematic reviews have become increasingly critical to informing healthcare policy; however, they remain a time-consuming and labor-intensive activity. The extraction of data from constituent studies comprise...

    Authors: Stanley Ip, Nira Hadar, Sarah Keefe, Christopher Parkin, Ramon Iovin, Ethan M Balk and Joseph Lau
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:15
  2. Several systematic reviews and meta-analyses populate the literature on the effectiveness of laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer. The utility of this body of work is unclear. The objective of this study...

    Authors: Guillaume Martel, Suleena Duhaime, Jeffrey S Barkun, Robin P Boushey, Craig R Ramsay and Dean A Fergusson
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:14
  3. Infection with the HIV and AIDS are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among women and children worldwide. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programs were developed to protect wo...

    Authors: Frederick LI Morfaw, Lehana Thabane, Lawrence CE Mbuagbaw and Philip N Nana
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:13
  4. The aim of this individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis is to assess whether the effects of repeat prenatal corticosteroid treatment given to women at risk of preterm birth to benefit their babies are ...

    Authors: Caroline A Crowther, Fariba Aghajafari, Lisa M Askie, Elizabeth V Asztalos, Peter Brocklehurst, Tanya K Bubner, Lex W Doyle, Sourabh Dutta, Thomas J Garite, Debra A Guinn, Mikko Hallman, Mary E Hannah, Pollyanna Hardy, Kimberly Maurel, Premasish Mazumder, Cindy McEvoy…
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:12
  5. Hospital partnerships, mergers and cooperatives are arrangements frequently seen as a means of improving health service delivery. Many of the assumptions used in planning hospital cooperatives are not stated c...

    Authors: Thomas Rotter, Daniela Popa, Beatrice Riley, Tim Ellermann, Ulrike Ryll, Genc Burazeri, Piet Daemen, Guy Peeters and Helmut Brand
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:11
  6. Rapid reviews have emerged as a streamlined approach to synthesizing evidence - typically for informing emergent decisions faced by decision makers in health care settings. Although there is growing use of rap...

    Authors: Sara Khangura, Kristin Konnyu, Rob Cushman, Jeremy Grimshaw and David Moher
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:10
  7. Challenges exist when searching for diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies that include the design of DTA search strategies and selection of appropriate filters. This paper compares the performance of three ME...

    Authors: Rachel Mann and Simon M Gilbody
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:9
  8. A common and potentially life-threatening complication of the treatment of childhood cancer is infection, which frequently presents as fever with neutropenia. The standard management of such episodes is the ex...

    Authors: Robert S Phillips, Alex J Sutton, Richard D Riley, Julia C Chisholm, Susan V Picton and Lesley A Stewart
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:8
  9. Prospective registration of systematic reviews promotes transparency, helps reduce potential for bias and serves to avoid unintended duplication of reviews. Registration offers advantages to many stakeholders ...

    Authors: Lesley Stewart, David Moher and Paul Shekelle
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:7
  10. Developing and registering protocols may seem like an added burden to systematic review investigators. This paper discusses benefits of protocol registration and debunks common misperceptions on the barriers o...

    Authors: Stephanie M Chang and Jean Slutsky
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:4
  11. Clinical practice and public health guidelines are important tools for translating research findings into practice with the aim of assisting health practitioners as well as patients and consumers in health beh...

    Authors: Philip Van der Wees, Amir Qaseem, Minna Kaila, Guenter Ollenschlaeger and Richard Rosenfeld
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:3
  12. Following publication of the PRISMA statement, the UK Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York in England began to develop an international prospective register of systematic review...

    Authors: Alison Booth, Mike Clarke, Gordon Dooley, Davina Ghersi, David Moher, Mark Petticrew and Lesley Stewart
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:2
  13. Welcome to a new age in publishing systematic reviews. We hope the launch of Systematic Reviews will resonate with a broad spectrum of readers interested in using them in a variety of ways, such as providing comp...

    Authors: David Moher, Lesley Stewart and Paul Shekelle
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2012 1:1

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