Living systematic review: 1. Introduction-the why, what, when, and how

Julian H. Elliott, Anneliese Synnot, Tari Turner, Mark Simmonds, Elie A. Akl, Steve McDonald, Georgia Salanti, Joerg Meerpohl, Harriet MacLehose, John Hilton, David Tovey, Ian Shemilt, James Thomas

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Abstract

Systematic reviews are difficult to keep up to date, but failure to do so leads to a decay in review currency, accuracy, and utility. We are developing a novel approach to systematic review updating termed "Living systematic review" (LSR): systematic reviews that are continually updated, incorporating relevant new evidence as it becomes available. LSRs may be particularly important in fields where research evidence is emerging rapidly, current evidence is uncertain, and new research may change policy or practice decisions. We hypothesize that a continual approach to updating will achieve greater currency and validity, and increase the benefits to end users, with feasible resource requirements over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Volume91
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Evidence synthesis
  • Guidelines
  • Living guidelines
  • Living systematic review
  • Systematic review

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