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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18306

Title: Updating Systematic Reviews: The Policies and Practices of Health Care Organizations Involved in Evidence Synthesis
Authors: Garritty, Chantelle
Advisor: Skinner, Harvey
Department: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Keywords: systematic review
updating
evidence synthesis
survey
methodology
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2010
Abstract: Background: Systematic reviews (SRs) should be kept up-to-date to maintain importance in informing health care policy and practice. However, updating policies and practices of health care organizations (HCOs) that fund or conduct SRs are either unclear or non-existent. Objective: To examine updating policies and practices of relevant HCOs. Primary Research Design: An exploratory Internet survey of 195 HCOs within the international SR community. Results: The completed response rate was 58% (n=114) across 26 countries. Although 57% of organizations reported to have a formal updating policy, 59% reported updating practices as irregular. Moreover, 54% estimated more than half of their respective SRs were likely out dated. Resource constraints were a prominent barrier. Most (70%) supported centralizing updating efforts across institutions or agencies. Significance: This research provides a baseline glimpse of the state of updating among HCOs globally involved in evidence synthesis and therefore adds to a limited body of knowledge.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18306
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