Enhancing the usability of systematic reviews by improving the consideration and description of interventions

Tammy C Hoffmann, Andrew D. Oxman, John Pa Ioannidis, David Moher, Toby J Lasserson, David I Tovey, Ken Stein, Katy Sutcliffe, Philippe Ravaud, Douglas G Altman, Rafael Perera, Paul Glasziou

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The importance of adequate intervention descriptions in minimising research waste and improving research usability and reproducibility has gained attention in the past few years. Nearly all focus to date has been on intervention reporting in randomised trials. Yet clinicians are encouraged to use systematic reviews, whenever available, rather than single trials to inform their practice. This article explores the problem and implications of incomplete intervention details during the planning, conduct, and reporting of systematic reviews and makes recommendations for review authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberj2998
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2017


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