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Seventy-Five Trials and Eleven Systematic Reviews a Day: How Will We Ever Keep Up?

  • Hilda Bastian mail,

    Hilda.bastian@iqwig.de

    Affiliation: German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Cologne, Germany

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  • Paul Glasziou,

    Affiliation: Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

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  • Iain Chalmers

    Affiliation: James Lind Library, James Lind Initiative, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Published: September 21, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000326

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It's easy to keep up: Stop depending on human analysts

Posted by jshrager on 30 Dec 2010 at 04:21 GMT

Although human analysts obviously cannot keep up with the need for updated meta-analyses, computers can very easily. All that's needed is for the reporters of trials to report the their results in a computer-understandable format (which they pretty much already do!), and then use automated meta-analysis to summarize the results on a continuous basis. This method can incorporate all sort of results, including case studies (cf. http://www.plosone.org/ar...), and the results can be reported out in the form of web-based applications (cf. http://therapy.collabrx.c...).

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