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  1. Conducting a systematic review demands a significant amount of effort in screening titles and abstracts. To accelerate this process, various tools that utilize active learning have been proposed. These tools a...

    Authors: Gerbrich Ferdinands, Raoul Schram, Jonathan de Bruin, Ayoub Bagheri, Daniel L. Oberski, Lars Tummers, Jelle Jasper Teijema and Rens van de Schoot
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:100
  2. It is critical that abstracts of systematic reviews transparently report both the beneficial and adverse effects of interventions without misleading the readers. This cross-sectional study assessed whether adv...

    Authors: Pauline A. J. Steegmans, Nicola Di Girolamo and Reint A. Meursinge Reynders
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:99

    The Correction to this article has been published in Systematic Reviews 2024 13:90

  3. Data continue to accumulate indicating that many systematic reviews are methodologically flawed, biased, redundant, or uninformative. Some improvements have occurred in recent years based on empirical methods ...

    Authors: Kat Kolaski, Lynne Romeiser Logan and John P. A. Ioannidis
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:96
  4. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented amount of scientific publications, growing at a pace never seen before. Multiple living systematic reviews have been developed to assist professionals with up-...

    Authors: Julien Knafou, Quentin Haas, Nikolay Borissov, Michel Counotte, Nicola Low, Hira Imeri, Aziz Mert Ipekci, Diana Buitrago-Garcia, Leonie Heron, Poorya Amini and Douglas Teodoro
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:94
  5. Meta-analyses are on top of the evidence-based medicine pyramid, yet many of them are not completed after they are begun. Many factors impacting the publication of meta-analysis works have been discussed, and ...

    Authors: Le Huu Nhat Minh, Huu-Hoai Le, Gehad Mohamed Tawfik, Omar Mohamed Makram, Thuan Tieu, Luu Lam Thang Tai, Dang The Hung, Van Phu Tran, Karim Mohamed Shahin, Ali Ahmed-Fouad Abozaid, Jaffer Shah, Nguyen Hai Nam and Nguyen Tien Huy
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:93
  6. Intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections play a key role in treating a range of macular diseases. The effectiveness of these therapies is dependent on patients’ adherence (th...

    Authors: Haris Shahzad, Sajid Mahmood, Sean McGee, Jessica Hubbard, Sayeed Haque, Vibhu Paudyal, Alastair K. Denniston, Lisa J. Hill and Zahraa Jalal
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:92
  7. The chronicity of congenital heart disease (CHD) comes with significant psychosocial consequences for both children and adolescents living with CHD and their primary caregivers. Children and adolescents living...

    Authors: Tamara L. Dorfman, Mandy Archibald, Mark Haykowsky and Shannon D. Scott
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:90

    The Correction to this article has been published in Systematic Reviews 2023 12:98

  8. Malaria presents a significant global public health burden, although substantial progress has been made, with vector control initiatives such as indoor residual surface spraying with insecticides and insectici...

    Authors: Zachary Munn, Jennifer C. Stone, Timothy Hugh Barker, Carrie Price, Danielle Pollock, Alinune Nathanael Kabaghe, John E. Gimnig and Jennifer C. Stevenson
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:89
  9. Ongoing symptoms or the development of new symptoms following a SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis has caused a complex clinical problem known as “long COVID” (LC). This has introduced further pressure on global healthcare ...

    Authors: Arun Natarajan, Ashish Shetty, Gayathri Delanerolle, Yutian Zeng, Yingzhe Zhang, Vanessa Raymont, Shanaya Rathod, Sam Halabi, Kathryn Elliot, Jian Qing Shi and Peter Phiri
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:88
  10. Although the scientific literature has previously described the impact of worksite programs based on physical activity (WPPAs) on employees’ productivity and health in different contexts, the effect of these p...

    Authors: Maria Marin-Farrona, Brad Wipfli, Saurabh S. Thosar, Enrique Colino, Jorge Garcia-Unanue, Leonor Gallardo, Jose Luis Felipe and Jorge López-Fernández
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:87
  11. Intact cognitive function is crucial for healthy aging. Functional social support is thought to protect against cognitive decline. We conducted a systematic review to investigate the association between functi...

    Authors: Lana Mogic, Emily C. Rutter, Suzanne L. Tyas, Colleen J. Maxwell, Megan E. O’Connell and Mark Oremus
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:86
  12. COVID-19 led to a rapid acceleration in the number of systematic reviews. Readers need to know how up to date evidence is when selecting reviews to inform decisions. This cross-sectional study aimed to evaluat...

    Authors: Steve McDonald, Simon L. Turner, Phi-Yen Nguyen, Matthew J. Page and Tari Turner
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:85
  13. Chronic diseases, such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases, present the greatest burden of morbidity and mortality worldwide. This burden disproportionately affects historically marginalized populations. He...

    Authors: Callie Walsh-Bailey, Amanda Gilbert, Thembekile Shato, Brittney Sandler, Ana A. Baumann, Cory D. Bradley, Gabriella M. McLoughlin, F. Hunter McGuire, Meredith P. Fort and Rachel G. Tabak
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:83
  14. Evidence has shown that private industry-sponsored randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses are more likely to report intervention-favourable results compared with other sources of funding. Howeve...

    Authors: Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Eric Kai Chung Wong, Carole Lunny, Juan Camilo Martinez Molina, Ivan D. Florez, Andrea C. Tricco and Sharon E. Straus
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:81
  15. Chronic heart disease affects millions of people worldwide and the prevalence is increasing. By now, there is an extensive literature on outpatient care of people with chronic heart disease. We aimed to system...

    Authors: Madlen Hoerold, Heike Heytens, Carla Maria Debbeler, Saskia Ehrentreich, Thomas Rauwolf, Alexander Schmeißer, Marc Gottschalk, Eva Maria Bitzer, Ruediger C. Braun-Dullaeus and Christian J. Apfelbacher
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:80
  16. Medical schools have used mindfulness meditation as a strategy to assist students in stress management. This study aimed to seek evidence regarding the effectiveness of mindfulness-based training programs in r...

    Authors: Claudia Cardoso Gomes da Silva, Cláudia Vicari Bolognani, Fábio Ferreira Amorim and Aline Mizusaki Imoto
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:79
  17. The majority of people with a chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, COPD) have more than one concurrent condition and are also at higher risk for developing comorbidities in mental health, including a...

    Authors: Maxime Sasseville, Annie LeBlanc, Jack Tchuente, Mylène Boucher, Michèle Dugas, Mbemba Gisèle, Romina Barony, Maud-Christine Chouinard, Marianne Beaulieu, Nicolas Beaudet, Becky Skidmore, Pascale Cholette, Christine Aspiros, Alain Larouche, Guylaine Chabot and Marie-Pierre Gagnon
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:78
  18. Quality assessment is a critical component of determining the value of medical services, including palliative care. The utilisation of palliative care quality measures could assist in assessing the degree to w...

    Authors: M. K. T. N. Motlana, S. E. Makhunga, N. Jafta and T. G. Ginindza
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:77
  19. The World Health Organization announced the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Since then, rapid implementation of telehealth approaches into the healthcare system have...

    Authors: Sharan Jaswal, Joyce Lo, Gobika Sithamparanathan and Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:76
  20. It is well established that breast milk offers numerous health benefits for mother and child. Mothers are recommended to exclusively breastfeed their child until 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding u...

    Authors: Curtis J. D’Hollander, Victoria A. McCredie, Elizabeth M. Uleryk, Charles D. G. Keown-Stoneman, Catherine S. Birken, Deborah L. O’Connor and Jonathon L. Maguire
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:75
  21. The efficacy and safety of L-carnitine supplementation on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of L-carnitine ...

    Authors: Aiping Liu, Yitong Cai, Yuan Yuan, Ming Liu, Zhengjing Zhang, Yongquan Xu and Pingzu Jiao
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:74
  22. Research evidence supporting the implementation of centredness in health care is not easily accessible due to the sheer amount of literature available and the diversity in terminology and conceptualisations us...

    Authors: Emma Forsgren, Sara Wallström, Caroline Feldthusen, Niklas Zechner, Richard Sawatzky and Joakim Öhlén
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:73
  23. In this commentary, we discuss ChatGPT and our perspectives on its utility to systematic reviews (SRs) through the appropriateness and applicability of its responses to SR related prompts. The advancement of a...

    Authors: Riaz Qureshi, Daniel Shaughnessy, Kayden A. R. Gill, Karen A. Robinson, Tianjing Li and Eitan Agai
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:72
  24. Ketones are synthesised as an alternative fuel source during times of energy restriction. In the absence of a hyperglycemic emergency, ketosis in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) may indica...

    Authors: Su An Hui, Angela Lin Chiew and Barbara Depczynski
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:71
  25. Reduced physical activity (PA) is one of the significant health concerns in adults and children alike. Despite the proven benefits of PA, most children, globally, do not meet the weekly criteria of enough PA t...

    Authors: Prateek Srivastav, K. Vaishali, Eti Rajwar, Suzanne Broadbent and H. Vinod Bhat
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:70
  26. A large variety of oral anticancer agents have become available and while at first glance these therapies appear to provide only benefits, patients have expressed their need for educational interventions and r...

    Authors: Federico Fonda, Sonja Cedrone, Ivana Sartor and Lucia Cadorin
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:69
  27. To investigate the usefulness and performance metrics of three freely-available softwares (Rayyan®, Abstrackr® and Colandr®) for title screening in systematic reviews.

    Authors: Ana Helena Salles dos Reis, Ana Luiza Miranda de Oliveira, Carolina Fritsch, James Zouch, Paulo Ferreira and Janaine Cunha Polese
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:68
  28. The Community Attitudes to Mental Illness (CAMI) scale measures social stigma towards people with mental illness. Although it has been used worldwide, the psychometric properties of the CAMI have not been syst...

    Authors: Juan P. Sanabria-Mazo, Eduardo Doval, Albert Bernadàs, Natalia Angarita-Osorio, Ariadna Colomer-Carbonell, Sara Evans-Lacko, Graham Thornicroft, Juan V. Luciano and María Rubio-Valera
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:66
  29. We aimed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to investigate the effects of rice bran supplementation on serum lipid profile levels.

    Authors: Zahra Hariri, Fatemeh Afzalzade, Golbon Sohrab, Saeede Saadati and Zahra Yari
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:65
  30. A growing number of studies point to a high mental health burden among children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly concerning anxiety. However, the study quality and effect direction ar...

    Authors: Helena Ludwig-Walz, Indra Dannheim, Lisa M. Pfadenhauer, Jörg M. Fegert and Martin Bujard
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:64
  31. Situation awareness (SA) is a key factor in accountability and ensuring patient safety in health care. SA is an essential element to research on human factors in healthcare. It is essential to identify valid i...

    Authors: Chiman Ghaderi, Roghayeh Esmaeili, Abbas Ebadi and Mohammad Reza Amiri
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:60
  32. Low socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with increased rates of overweight and obesity. Proponents of electronic health (eHealth) hypothesise that its inclusion in weight management interventions can impr...

    Authors: Richard Myers-Ingram, Jade Sampford, Rhian Milton-Cole and Gareth David Jones
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:59
  33. Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a neurodegenerative syndrome characterised by progressive visuospatial and visuoperceptual impairment. Recent research shows that memory impairment can also occur as an earl...

    Authors: A. Burbaite, S. Leeworthy, L. Hirst, E. Mioshi, L. Clare and S. Ahmed
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:58
  34. Major depressive disorder causes a great burden on patients and societies. Venlafaxine and mirtazapine are commonly prescribed as second-line treatment for patients with major depressive disorder worldwide. Pr...

    Authors: Caroline Kamp Jørgensen, Sophie Juul, Faiza Siddiqui, Mark Abie Horowitz, Joanna Moncrieff, Klaus Munkholm, Michael Pascal Hengartner, Irving Kirsch, Christian Gluud and Janus Christian Jakobsen
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:57
  35. Systematic reviews (SRs) are invaluable evidence syntheses, widely used in biomedicine and other scientific areas. Tremendous resources are being spent on the production and updating of SRs. There is a continu...

    Authors: Mersiha Mahmić-Kaknjo, Vicko Tomić, Moriah E. Ellen, Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit, Raluca Sfetcu, Eduard Baladia, Nicoletta Riva, Angelos P. Kassianos and Ana Marušić
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:56
  36. In this letter, we briefly describe how we selected and implemented the quality criteria checklist (QCC) as a critical appraisal tool in rapid systematic reviews conducted to inform public health advice, guida...

    Authors: Daphne Duval, Nicola Pearce-Smith, Jennifer C. Palmer, Jason Kwasi Sarfo-Annin, Paul Rudd and Rachel Clark
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:55
  37. There is evidence that antipsychotic drugs differ in their effect on the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. So far, there is no comprehensive systematic review available that would enable providers and patie...

    Authors: Lena Feber, Natalie Peter, Johannes Schneider-Thoma, Spyridon Siafis, Irene Bighelli, Wulf-Peter Hansen, Daniel Prates Baldez, Georgia Salanti, Richard S. E. Keefe, Rolf R. Engel and Stefan Leucht
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:54
  38. Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN) is a key concern in clinical practice. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we compared duloxetine and placebo treatments in terms of their efficacy and sa...

    Authors: Chung-Sheng Wu, Yu-Jui Huang, Yuan-Chun Ko and Che-Hsiung Lee
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:53
  39. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart arrhythmia globally and it adversely affects the quality of life (QoL). Available rate and rhythm control strategies equally reduce mortality but may impact Q...

    Authors: Powsiga Uruthirakumar, Rajendra Surenthirakumaran, Tiffany E. Gooden, Gregory Y. H. Lip, G. Neil Thomas, David J. Moore, Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar, Balachandran Kumarendran, Kumaran Subaschandran, Shribavan Kaneshamoorthy, Vethanayagam Antony Sheron and Mahesan Guruparan
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:52

    The Correction to this article has been published in Systematic Reviews 2023 12:241

  40. To inform recommendations by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, we reviewed evidence on the benefits, harms, and acceptability of screening and treatment, and on the accuracy of risk prediction...

    Authors: Michelle Gates, Jennifer Pillay, Megan Nuspl, Aireen Wingert, Ben Vandermeer and Lisa Hartling
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:51
  41. The importance of investigating sex- and gender-dependent differences has been recently emphasized by major funding agencies. Notably, the influence of biological sex on clinical outcomes in sepsis is unclear,...

    Authors: MengQi Zhang, Dean A. Fergusson, Rahul Sharma, Ciel Khoo, Asher A. Mendelson, Braedon McDonald, Kimberly F. Macala, Neha Sharma, Sean E. Gill, Kirsten M. Fiest, Christian Lehmann, Risa Shorr, Forough Jahandideh, Stephane L. Bourque, Patricia C. Liaw, Alison Fox-Robichaud…
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2023 12:50

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