Living Systematic Reviews: discussion of a systems approach to keeping reviews up to date

Topic category Other methods for preparing systematic reviews
Date and Location
Date: 
Monday 1 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Location: 
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Julian Elliott (Contact this person) Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University Australia
Russell Gruen (Contact this person) Monash University Australia
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Julian Elliott Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University Australia
Russell Gruen Monash University Australia
Anna Noel-Storr Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Oxford University United Kingdom
Alison O'Mara-Eves EPPI-Centre, Institute of Education United Kingdom
Julian Higgins MRC Biostatistics Unit United Kingdom
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Toby
Last name: 
Lasserson
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Editorial Unit, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors, Co-ordinating Editors, Managing Editors, consumers
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 discuss key issues in the development and maintenance of Living Systematic Reviews: a systems approach to keeping reviews up to date.

Description:
There is growing momentum to develop systems to enable systematic reviews to be updated frequently, so that primary research findings are rapidly incorporated into review outputs. Recent developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) present significant possibilities to help realise this goal of ‘living’ systematic reviews.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues in the development and maintenance of Living Systematic Reviews, including:
• crowd sourcing contributions;
• text mining for search and screening;
• workflow and collaboration platforms;
• data repositories;
• meta-analytical approaches;
• maintenance of methodological quality; and
• management of authorship groups and publication processes.

Researchers with experience in each of these areas will present a brief overview of key issues and participants will discuss the methodological and feasibility barriers to Living Systematic Reviews and how these might be overcome.