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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. It is known that risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is elevated in patients with diabetes mellitus but it is not clear whether the risk is also elevated with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). If the risk is ...

    Authors: Ferozkhan Jadhakhan, Tom Marshall and Paramjit Gill
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:69
  15. Cervical cancer poses a huge health burden, both to developed and developing nations, making prevention and control strategies necessary. However, the challenges of designing and implementing prevention strate...

    Authors: Obinna I. Ekwunife, Andreas Gerber Grote, Christoph Mosch, James F. O’Mahony and Stefan K. Lhachimi
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:68
  16. Despite the increasing prevalence of pre-diabetes worldwide, there is insufficient literature on the impact of gestational pre-diabetes on offspring outcomes. The objective of this systematic review is to dete...

    Authors: Rukia Swaleh, Ling Zeng, Lawrence Mbuagbaw and Katherine M Morrison
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:67
  17. Small-study effects and time trends have been identified in meta-analyses of randomized trials. We evaluated whether these effects are also present in meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy studies.

    Authors: Wynanda Annefloor van Enst, Christiana A Naaktgeboren, Eleanor A Ochodo, Joris AH de Groot, Mariska M Leeflang, Johannes B Reitsma, Rob JPM Scholten, Karel GM Moons, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Patrick MM Bossuyt and Lotty Hooft
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:66
  18. Workplace-based assessments were designed to facilitate observation and structure feedback on the performance of trainees in real-time clinical settings and scenarios. Research in workplace-based assessments h...

    Authors: Aileen Barrett, Rose Galvin, Yvonne Steinert, Albert Scherpbier, Ann O’Shaughnessy, Mary Horgan and Tanya Horsley
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:65
  19. The burden of chronic disease on patients and the health service is growing. Current health policy emphasises the need for services which provide integrated and co-ordinated care for patients with chronic dise...

    Authors: Sarah Damery, Sarah Flanagan and Gill Combes
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:64
  20. Organisations need to systematically identify contributory factors (or causes) which impact on patient safety in order to effectively learn from error. Investigations of error have tended to focus on taking a ...

    Authors: Sally Giles, Maria Panagioti, Andrea Hernan, Sudeh Cheraghi-Sohi and Rebecca Lawton
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:63
  21. Vaccine against pertussis has been in use for several decades. Despite the widespread use of pertussis vaccine, evidence shows resurgence of pertussis in high-income countries. Pertussis surveillance data is l...

    Authors: Rudzani Muloiwa, Benjamin M Kagina, Mark E Engel and Gregory D Hussey
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:62
  22. Obesity is one of the most significant public health challenges in the developed world. Recent policy has suggested that more can be done in primary care to support adults with obesity. In particular, general ...

    Authors: David N Blane, Sara Macdonald, David Morrison and Catherine A O’Donnell
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:61
  23. Low-level laser therapy is one of the adjunct treatments of choice with exercise therapy for shoulder rehabilitation in physiotherapy clinical practices. Although previous reviews have found little use of low-...

    Authors: Adedapo W Awotidebe, Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem and Taryn Young
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:60
  24. Several aggregate published reviews have compared the effectiveness of one- and two-stage surgical revision to prevent re-infection following prosthetic hip infection and have reported inconsistent results. In...

    Authors: Setor K Kunutsor, Michael R Whitehouse, Jason Webb, Andrew Toms, Ian Stockley, Adrian Taylor, Stephen Jones, Matthew Wilson, Ben Burston, Tim Board, John-Paul Whittaker, Ashley W Blom and Andrew D Beswick
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:58
  25. Meta-analyses are typically triggered by a (potentially false-significant) finding in one of the preceding primary studies. We studied consequences of meta-analysis investigating effects when primary studies t...

    Authors: Ewoud Schuit, Kit CB Roes, Ben WJ Mol, Anneke Kwee, Karel GM Moons and Rolf HH Groenwold
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:57
  26. Suicide is a worldwide public health concern that claims close to 1 million lives each year. Suicidal behaviour is a significant risk factor for completed suicide and is much more prevalent than completed suic...

    Authors: Rebecca Eisen, Stefan Perera, Monica Bawor, Laura Banfield, Rebecca Anglin, Luciano Minuzzi and Zainab Samaan
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:56
  27. Totally implantable venous access port (TIVAP) implantation is one of the most often performed operations in general surgery (over 100,000/year in Germany). The two main approaches for TIVAP placement are inse...

    Authors: Ulla Klaiber, Kathrin Grummich, Katrin Jensen, Daniel Saure, Pietro Contin, Felix J Hüttner, Markus K Diener and Phillip Knebel
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:53
  28. This paper describes the structured methods used to involve patients, carers and health professionals in an update of a Cochrane systematic review relating to physiotherapy after stroke and explores the percei...

    Authors: Alex Pollock, Pauline Campbell, Gillian Baer, Pei Ling Choo, Jacqui Morris and Anne Forster
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:55
  29. Suicide is among the leading causes of death worldwide. Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation are more common than completed suicide and are associated with psychological distress. These behaviors are conside...

    Authors: Stefan Perera, Rebecca Eisen, Monica Bawor, Brittany Dennis, Russell de Souza, Lehana Thabane and Zainab Samaan
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:52
  30. Individuals living with acquired brain injury, typically caused by stroke or trauma, are far less likely to achieve recommended levels of physical activity for optimal health and well-being. With a growing num...

    Authors: Taryn M Jones, Catherine M Dean, Julia M Hush, Blake F Dear and Nickolai Titov
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:51
  31. Rapid review (RR) products are inherently appealing as they are intended to be less time-consuming and resource-intensive than traditional systematic reviews (SRs); however, there is concern about the rigor of...

    Authors: Robin M Featherstone, Donna M Dryden, Michelle Foisy, Jeanne-Marie Guise, Matthew D Mitchell, Robin A Paynter, Karen A Robinson, Craig A Umscheid and Lisa Hartling
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:50
  32. The consequences of opioid relapse among patients being treated with opioid substitution treatment (OST) are serious and can result in abnormal cardiovascular function, overdose, and mortality. Chronic pain is...

    Authors: Brittany B Dennis, Monica Bawor, James Paul, Michael Varenbut, Jeff Daiter, Carolyn Plater, Guillaume Pare, David C Marsh, Andrew Worster, Dipika Desai, Lehana Thabane and Zainab Samaan
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:49
  33. Eczema is a common chronic or chronically relapsing skin disease that has a substantial impact on quality of life (QoL). By means of a consensus-based process, the Harmonising Outcome Measures in Eczema (HOME)...

    Authors: Christian J Apfelbacher, Daniel Heinl, Cecilia A C Prinsen, Stefanie Deckert, Joanne Chalmers, Robert Ofenloch, Rosemary Humphreys, Tracey Sach, Sarah Chamlin and Jochen Schmitt
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:48
  34. Transfemoral cardiac catheterisation is an invasive medical procedure used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. Postoperative bed rest can prevent a number of complications such as bleeding and haematoma fo...

    Authors: Alberto Dal Molin, Fabrizio Faggiano, Fabio Bertoncini, Giulia Buratti, Erica Busca, Roberta Casarotto, Samanta Gaboardi and Elias Allara
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:47
  35. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is considered to be closely associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), in which EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) was found to have an oncogenic role. However, the resu...

    Authors: Vivaldo G da Costa, Ariany C Marques-Silva and Marcos L Moreli
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:46
  36. Brief interventions (BIs) involve screening for alcohol misuse and providing feedback to patients about their use, with the aim of reducing alcohol consumption and related consequences. BIs have been implement...

    Authors: Caitlin J Davey, Meredith SH Landy, Amanda Pecora, David Quintero and Kelly E McShane
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:45
  37. Chronic kidney disease affects approximately one in ten North Americans and is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Chronic kidney disease in women is characterized by an abnormal sex hormone...

    Authors: Sharanya Ramesh, Michelle C Mann, Jayna M Holroyd-Leduc, Stephen B Wilton, Matthew T James, Ellen W Seely and Sofia B Ahmed
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:44
  38. Upper limb disability is a common musculoskeletal condition frequently associated with neck pain. Recent literature has reported the need to utilise validated upper limb outcome measures in the assessment and ...

    Authors: Ahmad Salah Eldin Alreni, Deborah Harrop, Anil Gumber and Sionnadh McLean
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:43
  39. Depression is a common comorbidity in individuals with cognitive impairment. Those with cognitive impairments face unique challenges in receiving the benefits of many conventional therapies for depression, and...

    Authors: Jane Topolovec-Vranic, Yasmeen Mansoor, Naomi Ennis and David Lightfoot
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:42
  40. Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a devastating disease that leads to important morbidity and mortality in a young patient population. Anemia following aSAH is common and may be exacerbated by the t...

    Authors: Shane W English, Michaël Chassé, Alexis F Turgeon, Alan Tinmouth, Amélie Boutin, Giuseppe Pagliarello, Dean Fergusson and Lauralyn McIntyre
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:41
  41. The lifetime prevalence of major depression is estimated to affect 17% of the population and is considered the second largest health-care problem globally in terms of the number of years lived with disability....

    Authors: Jesper Krogh, Helene Speyer, Christian Gluud and Merete Nordentoft
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:40
  42. Hitting a dental root during the insertion of orthodontic mini-implants (OMIs) is a common adverse effect of this intervention. This condition can permanently damage these structures and can cause implant inst...

    Authors: Reint Meursinge Reynders, Luisa Ladu, Laura Ronchi, Nicola Di Girolamo, Jan de Lange, Nia Roberts and Annette Plüddemann
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:39
  43. Medical devices have improved the treatment of many medical conditions. Despite their benefit, the use of devices can lead to unintended incidents, potentially resulting in unnecessary harm, injury or complica...

    Authors: Julie Polisena, Anna Gagliardi, David Urbach, Tammy Clifford and Michelle Fiander
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:37
  44. The United Kingdom (UK) and wider world are experiencing an obesity epidemic, with lower socio-economic groups disproportionately affected. Dietary quality is also socio-economically patterned, with an estimat...

    Authors: Susanna Mills, Martin White, Shannon Robalino, Wendy Wrieden, Heather Brown and Jean Adams
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:35
  45. In the Western world, dietary supplements are commonly used to prevent chronic diseases, mainly cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, there is inconsistent evidence on which dietary supplements actually ...

    Authors: Lukas Schwingshackl, Georg Hoffmann, Brian Buijsse, Tamara Mittag, Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Heiner Boeing, Marion Gottschald, Stefan Dietrich, Maria Arregui and Sofia Dias
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:34

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