Evidence Based Dentistry Tools
Prioritization of reviews of the Cochrane Oral Health Group
T. WALSH1, H. WORTHINGTON2, J. CLARKSON3, and A. GLENNY2, 1University of manchester, Manchester, England, 2University of Manchester, Manchester, England, 3University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
Objective: Systematic reviews play an important role in synthesising information from randomised controlled trials. As of January 2014 Cochrane Oral Health Group (COHG) has published 145 systematic reviews (over half have subsequently been updated) and 63 protocols. Further reviews and protocols are in preparation.
An important aspect of COHGs work is to ensure that reviews we publish are high quality, and address clinical questions that are important, timely and relevant to practice. COHG recently undertook international prioritization exercises in the dental specialties orthodontics and paediatrics. The results were to be used by the editorial team to ensure timely production and updating of important reviews.
Method: In separate processes, COHG invited all registered authors of orthodontic and paediatric reviews to rank in order of importance a ‘top 10’ from a list of published Cochrane systematic review titles, protocols or full reviews. Individual rankings were collated and an overall ranking of review titles was produced. A smaller panel of experts then discussed the results. The expert panel were also able to contribute titles that were not in the overall top 10.
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