EROS: web-based software for the initial phases of a systematic review

Topic category Information and communication technology
Date and Location
Date: 
Monday 1 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Location: 
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Demian Glujovsky (Contact this person) Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria / Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy Argentina
Agustín Ciapponi (Contact this person) Argentine Cochrane Centre IECS (Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy) Argentina
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Demian Glujovsky Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria / Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy Argentina
Agustín Ciapponi Argentine Cochrane Centre IECS (Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy) Argentina
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors and information specialists
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Any
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
To introduce the initial phases of a systematic review (SR) through the Early Review Organizing Software (EROS).

Description:
Study selection, quality assessment and data extraction are not only time-consuming, but also complicated, tiresome, and prone to mistakes, especially if we have to deal with a great number references retrieved from the search strategy. The available options to cope with these tasks are not very accessible or affordable to many groups, especially teams from developing countries.

Participants will work online on a review project. As project managers they will generate a project, define inclusion/exclusion criteria, import citations from reference manager software or electronic databases, and allocate citations and full-text papers to authors. As authors, they will apply exclusion criteria, assess risk of bias and resolve discrepancies. Real-time tracking includes the automatic creation of a study flowchart.

Please note that computers will not be provided in this workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, and wifi internet access will be available. Those without laptops will be able to watch the demonstration.

EROS was developed by an Argentinean academic institution: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria, ICES).