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Systematic Review Protocols and Protocol Registries

Systematic Review Protocols

  • a good systematic review can start with a protocol - it can serve as a road map for your review
  • a protocol specifies the objectives, methods, and outcomes of primary interest of the systematic review
  • a protocol promotes transparency of methods
  • allows your peers to review how you will extract information to quantitavely summarize your outcome data

About Systematic Review Protocol Registries

  • Various protocol registries exists
  • Anyone can register their protocol
  • Registering your protocol is helpful to establish that your group is doing this review
  • Registering increases potential communication with interested researchers
  • Registering may reduce the risk of multiple reviews addressing the same question
  • Registering may provide greater transparency when updating a systematic review

Protocol Reporting Guidelines

Systematic Review/Protocol Registries

  • Campbell Collaboration - produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions
  • Cochrane Collaboration - international organization, produces and disseminates systematic reviews of health care interventions
  • PROSPERO -international prospective register of systematic reviews