Carole Lunny, MPH, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Methodology and Research Synthesis
Cochrane Hypertension Group and the Therapeutics Initiative
Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics, UBC
An introduction to commonly encountered scenarios in ‘overviews of systematic reviews’
Abstract: Navigating the expanding body of research literature is an increasing problem for health practitioners, researchers, and decision-makers. The number of published systematic reviews (SRs) being produced yearly is expanding. ‘Overviews of systematic reviews’ have evolved in response to the growing number of SRs, and have grown in number. While the methods for conducting SRs are well developed, the methods for overviews are still being developed and authors often encounter methodological challenges. While many methods have been proposed to address some of these unique challenges, there is often a range of different methods that could be applied, but without guidance on which approach might be optimal. We developed a systematic review to catalogue the full range of overview methods, called the MOoR Framework. The objectives of this presentation are to introduce ‘overviews of systematic reviews’, describe scenarios which present unique challenges to overview authors, summarise methods used to handle or resolve challenges, and provide examples of methods used to handle the scenarios in real world overviews of reviews.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital in the Hurlburt Auditorium on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.