Standards for Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: Board on Health Care Services

Activity Description

The committee will conduct a study to recommend methodologic standards for systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research on health and health care. The standards should ensure that that the reviews are objective, transparent, scientifically valid, and require a common language for characterizing the strength of the evidence. Decision makers should be able to rely on systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness to know what is known and not known and to describe the extent to which the evidence is applicable to clinical practice and particular patients. In this context, the committee will

(1) Assess whether, if widely adopted, any existing set of standards would assure that systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research are objective, transparent, and scientifically valid.

(2) Recommend a set of standards for developing and reporting systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research.

The report is slated to be released in March 2011.

Please see the companion study on Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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