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Accelerated systematic reviews

Accelerated systematic reviews - same robust methodology in a fraction of the time

Systematic reviews are considered the highest-level evidence to underpin clinical decisions, guidelines, and policy decisions because they synthesise all of the existing evidence that answers a specific question, using methods that are transparent, robust and reproducible.

Systematic reviews include the following steps:

  1. Preparation: formulate the question to be answered, write protocol.
  2. Retrieval of evidence: design search strategies, run the searches, retrieve results.
  3. Appraisal of evidence: screen the evidence for relevance to the question, include only the pertinent evidence, assess its quality (risk of bias).
  4. Synthesis of the evidence: extract from relevant studies the information that answers the question, pool (meta-analyse) the evidence.
  5. Report: write up the results of the systematic review.

As a team, we offer expertise in all areas of systematic reviews, including:

  • development of methodology for conducting systematic reviews faster e.g. 2 week systematic review (2weekSR);
  • development of methodology for conducting systematic reviews, including quality assessment tools and reporting standards (e.g. GRADE, CONSORT, STARD, AMSTAR, etc.);
  • development of Systematic Review Automation tools to accelerate the process of conducting a systematic review (MethodsWizard, Search Refinery, Polyglot Search Translator, etc.); 
  • methodological advice and coaching on your team's systematic reviews;
  • preparing protocols, and conducting systematic reviews for a wide range of bodies (e.g. NHMRC, MSAC, PBAC, GIN, WHO, Cochrane, Department of Health);
  • preparing and reviewing clinical practice guidelines for a variety of agencies both domestically and internationally (e.g. NHMRC, AHRQ, NICE).


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