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BMC Medicine

, 9:31

First Online: 30 March 2011Received: 27 January 2011Accepted: 30 March 2011DOI: 10.1186-1741-7015-9-31

Cite this article as: Tricco, A.C., Straus, S.E. & Moher, D. BMC Med 2011 9: 31. doi:10.1186-1741-7015-9-31

Abstract

A study conducted by Lai and colleagues, published this week in BMC Medicine, suggests that more guidance might be required for interpreting systematic review SR results. In the study by Lai and colleagues, positive or favorable results were influential in changing participants- prior beliefs about the interventions presented in the systematic review. Other studies have examined the relationship between favorable systematic review results and the publication of systematic reviews. An international registry may decrease the number of unpublished systematic reviews and will hopefully decrease redundancy, increase transparency, and increase collaboration within the SR community. In addition, using guidance from the Preferred Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses PRISMA: http:-www.prisma-statement.org- Statement and the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation GRADE: http:-www.gradeworkinggroup.org- approach can also be used to improve the interpretation of systematic reviews. In this commentary, we highlight important methodological issues related to the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews and also present our own guidance on interpreting systematic reviews.

Please see Research article: http:-www.biomedcentral.com-1741-7015-9-30-.

AbbreviationsAMSTARAssessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews

GRADEGrading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation

PRISMAPreferred Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses

SRsystematic review

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Author: Andrea C Tricco - Sharon E Straus - David Moher

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