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  1. Protocol

    Immediate versus delayed surgery for hip fractures in the elderly patients: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Hip fractures are a major public health problem in elderly populations and are accompanied by high-mortality rates. Whether timing of surgery has an impact on morbidity and mortality has been discussed controv...

    Thomas Klestil, Christoph Röder, Christoph Stotter, Birgit Winkler, Stefan Nehrer, Martin Lutz, Irma Klerings, Gernot Wagner, Gerald Gartlehner and Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:164

    Published on: 15 August 2017

  2. Protocol

    Adverse outcomes associated with opioid prescription for acute low back pain: a systematic review protocol

    Acute low back pain (ALBP) is the top cause of global disability, demonstrating a significant impact on individuals and society and demanding the need for appropriate management. There is a trend towards an in...

    Natalia Mouravska, Laura Zielinski, Meha Bhatt, Nitika Sanger, Monica Bawor, Brittany Dennis, Laura Banfield, James MacKillop, James Paul, Andrew Worster, Philip Laplante, Lehana Thabane and Zainab Samaan

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:163

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  3. Protocol

    Adverse mental health outcomes in breast cancer survivors compared to women who did not have cancer: systematic review protocol

    Recent increasing trends in breast cancer incidence and survival have resulted in unprecedented numbers of cancer survivors in the general population. A cancer diagnosis may have a profound psychological impac...

    Helena Carreira, Rachael Williams, Martin Müller, Rhea Harewood and Krishnan Bhaskaran

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:162

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  4. Protocol

    Tobacco and alcohol cessation or reduction interventions in people with oral dysplasia and head and neck cancer: systematic review protocol

    Head and neck cancers include malignancies of the mouth, larynx and oropharynx. Tobacco use and alcohol consumption are associated with increased risks of developing and dying from head and neck cancer. The ai...

    Ellie Shingler, Luke A. Robles, Rachel Perry, Chris Penfold, Andy Ness, Steve Thomas, J. Athene Lane and Richard M. Martin

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:161

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  5. Protocol

    Continuing education for the prevention of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s-type dementia: a systematic review protocol

    Because of the enormous social and economic burden of disease, the prevention of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s-type dementia has become a major global public health priority. Studies show that cogn...

    Nina Matyas, Stefanie Auer, Christoph Gisinger, Monika Kil, Filiz Keser Aschenberger, Irma Klerings and Gerald Gartlehner

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:157

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  6. Protocol

    A systematic review of decision aids that facilitate elements of shared decision-making in chronic illnesses: a review protocol

    Shared decision-making (SDM) is a patient-centred approach in which clinicians and patients work side-by-side to decide together on the best course of action for each patient’s particular situation. Six key el...

    Thomas H. Wieringa, Marleen Kunneman, Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Victor M. Montori, Maartje de Wit, Ellen M. A. Smets, Linda J. Schoonmade, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla and Frank J. Snoek

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:155

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  7. Research

    Complications and health-related quality of life after robot-assisted versus open radical cystectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of four RCTs

    Radical cystectomy is associated with high rates of perioperative morbidity. Robotic-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) is widely used today despite limited evidence for clinical superiority. The aim of this r...

    Susanne Vahr Lauridsen, Hanne Tønnesen, Bente Thoft Jensen, Bruno Neuner, Peter Thind and Thordis Thomsen

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:150

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  8. Research

    Producing Cochrane systematic reviews—a qualitative study of current approaches and opportunities for innovation and improvement

    Producing high-quality, relevant systematic reviews and keeping them up to date is challenging. Cochrane is a leading provider of systematic reviews in health. For Cochrane to continue to contribute to improve...

    Tari Turner, Sally Green, David Tovey, Steve McDonald, Karla Soares-Weiser, Charlotte Pestridge and Julian Elliott

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:147

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  9. Commentary

    The influence of the team in conducting a systematic review

    There is an increasing body of research documenting flaws in many published systematic reviews’ methodological and reporting conduct. When good systematic review practice is questioned, attention is rarely tur...

    Lesley Uttley and Paul Montgomery

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:149

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  10. Protocol

    Usability evaluation methods employed to assess information visualisations of electronically stored patient data for clinical use: a protocol for a systematic review

    The use of electronic records in healthcare is increasing. To avoid errors, it is essential that the data displays used by these systems are usable: efficient, effective and satisfying. A wide variety of displ...

    Antonia Burt, Lauren Morgan, Tatjana Petrinic, Duncan Young and Peter Watkinson

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:148

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  11. Research

    Systematic review adherence to methodological or reporting quality

    Guidelines for assessing methodological and reporting quality of systematic reviews (SRs) were developed to contribute to implementing evidence-based health care and the reduction of research waste. As SRs ass...

    Kusala Pussegoda, Lucy Turner, Chantelle Garritty, Alain Mayhew, Becky Skidmore, Adrienne Stevens, Isabelle Boutron, Rafael Sarkis-Onofre, Lise M. Bjerre, Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, Douglas G. Altman and David Moher

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:131

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  12. Protocol

    The utility of mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX) in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education: protocol for a systematic review

    One of the most frequently used assessment tools that measure the trainees’ performance in workplace is the mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX), in which an expert observes and rates the actual perfor...

    Sara Mortaz Hejri, Mohammad Jalili, Mandana Shirazi, Rasoul Masoomi, Saharnaz Nedjat and John Norcini

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:146

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  13. Research

    Psychosocial interventions for managing occupational stress and burnout among medical doctors: a systematic review

    Occupational stress and burnout are highly prevalent among medical doctors and can have adverse effects on patient, doctor, and organisational outcomes. The purpose of the current study was to review and evalu...

    Bonnie A. Clough, Sonja March, Raymond J. Chan, Leanne M. Casey, Rachel Phillips and Michael J. Ireland

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:144

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  14. Methodology

    Continuous surveillance of a pregnancy clinical guideline: an early experience

    To date there is no consensus about the optimal strategy for keeping clinical guidelines (CGs) up-to-date. The aims of this study were (1) to develop a continuous surveillance and updating strategy for CGs and...

    Laura Martínez García, Hector Pardo-Hernández, Andrea Juliana Sanabria and Pablo Alonso-Coello

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:143

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  15. Protocol

    Influence of genetic variants on toxicity to anti-tubercular agents: a systematic review and meta-analysis (protocol)

    Tuberculosis patients receiving anti-tuberculosis treatment may experience serious adverse drug reactions, such as hepatotoxicity. Genetic risk factors, such as polymorphisms of the NAT2, CYP2E1 and GSTM1 genes, ...

    Marty Richardson, Jamie Kirkham, Kerry Dwan, Derek Sloan, Geraint Davies and Andrea Jorgensen

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:142

    Published on: 13 July 2017

  16. Protocol

    Criteria and models for the distribution of casualties in trauma-related mass casualty incidents: a systematic literature review protocol

    One of the most critical practices in mass casualty incident management is vacating the victims from scene of the incident and transporting them to proper healthcare facilities. Decision on distribution of cas...

    Ali Ardalan, Mohammad Reza Khajehaminian, Sayed Mohsen Hosseini Boroujeni, Amir Nejati, Abbasali Keshtkar, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani and Omid Mahdi Ebadati E.

    Systematic Reviews 2017 6:141

    Published on: 12 July 2017

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