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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646925/stress-ulcer-prophylaxis-versus-placebo-or-no-prophylaxis-in-adult-hospitalised-acutely-ill-patients-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Søren Marker, Anders Perner, Jørn Wetterslev, Marija Barbateskovic, Janus Christian Jakobsen, Mette Krag, Anders Granholm, Carl Thomas Anthon, Morten Hylander Møller
BACKGROUND: Stress ulcer prophylaxis is considered standard of care in many critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, the quality of evidence supporting this has recently been questioned, and clinical equipoise exists. Whether there is overall benefit or harm of stress ulcer prophylaxis in adult hospitalised acutely ill patients is unknown. Accordingly, we aim to assess patient-important benefits and harms of stress ulcer prophylaxis versus placebo or no treatment in adult hospitalised acutely ill patients with high risk of gastrointestinal bleeding irrespective of hospital setting...
June 24, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646922/an-investigation-of-the-impact-of-using-different-methods-for-network-meta-analysis-a-protocol-for-an-empirical-evaluation
#2
Amalia Emily Karahalios, Georgia Salanti, Simon L Turner, G Peter Herbison, Ian R White, Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Adriani Nikolakopoulou, Joanne E Mckenzie
BACKGROUND: Network meta-analysis, a method to synthesise evidence from multiple treatments, has increased in popularity in the past decade. Two broad approaches are available to synthesise data across networks, namely, arm- and contrast-synthesis models, with a range of models that can be fitted within each. There has been recent debate about the validity of the arm-synthesis models, but to date, there has been limited empirical evaluation comparing results using the methods applied to a large number of networks...
June 24, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629445/effects-of-perioperative-statin-use-on-cardiovascular-complications-in-patients-submitted-to-non-cardiac-surgery-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
#3
Erica Aranha Suzumura, Rodrigo Antonini Ribeiro, Leticia Kawano-Dourado, Pedro Gabriel de Barros E Silva, Claudia Oliveira, Mabel Fernandes Figueiró, Alexandre Biasi Cavalcanti, Renato D Lopes, Otavio Berwanger
BACKGROUND: Preliminary evidence suggests statins may reduce major perioperative vascular events. However, evidence is limited to observational studies, underpowered trials, and non-comprehensive systematic reviews. This review aims to assess the effects of perioperative statin use on cardiovascular complications in patients submitted to non-cardiac surgery. METHODS: We will search MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE, LILACS, CENTRAL, Web of Science, and CINAHL for randomized controlled trials assessing the effects of perioperative statin use in adults undergoing non-cardiac surgery and reporting cardiovascular complications...
June 19, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629396/identifying-approaches-for-assessing-methodological-and-reporting-quality-of-systematic-reviews-a-descriptive-study
#4
Kusala Pussegoda, Lucy Turner, Chantelle Garritty, Alain Mayhew, Becky Skidmore, Adrienne Stevens, Isabelle Boutron, Rafael Sarkis-Onofre, Lise M Bjerre, Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, Douglas G Altman, David Moher
BACKGROUND: The methodological quality and completeness of reporting of the systematic reviews (SRs) is fundamental to optimal implementation of evidence-based health care and the reduction of research waste. Methods exist to appraise SRs yet little is known about how they are used in SRs or where there are potential gaps in research best-practice guidance materials. The aims of this study are to identify reports assessing the methodological quality (MQ) and/or reporting quality (RQ) of a cohort of SRs and to assess their number, general characteristics, and approaches to 'quality' assessment over time...
June 19, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623943/does-metabolic-syndrome-predict-surgical-complications-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
Philip Norris, Nicholas Ralph, Clint Moloney
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is defined by an accumulation of risk factors that include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, obesity, and hypercholesterolaemia which results in an increased risk of developing serious chronic diseases. MetS is widespread as it is estimated to affect up to 30% of the global population. For people with MetS who undergo surgery, an emerging body of literature points to significantly poorer postoperative outcomes compared with non-affected populations...
June 17, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623941/development-of-a-program-theory-for-shared-decision-making-a-realist-review-protocol
#6
Gary Groot, Tamara Waldron, Tracey Carr, Linda McMullen, Lori-Ann Bandura, Shelley-May Neufeld, Vicky Duncan
BACKGROUND: The practicality of applying evidence to healthcare systems with the aim of implementing change is an ongoing challenge for practitioners, policy makers, and academics. Shared decision- making (SDM), a method of medical decision-making that allows a balanced relationship between patients, physicians, and other key players in the medical decision process, is purported to improve patient and system outcomes. Despite the oft-mentioned benefits, there are gaps in the current literature between theory and implementation that would benefit from a realist approach given the value of this methodology to analyze complex interventions...
June 17, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619098/interventions-to-prevent-hemodynamic-instability-during-renal-replacement-therapy-for-acute-kidney-injury-a-systematic-review-protocol
#7
Adrianna Douvris, Swapnil Hiremath, Lauralyn McIntyre, Lindsey Sikora, Catherine Weber, Edward G Clark
BACKGROUND: Hemodynamic instability during renal replacement therapy (HIRRT) in the form of intradialytic hypotension (IDH) is a frequent complication of hemodialysis in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), and most studies have focused on this chronic population. However, HIRRT is also an important concern for critically ill ICU patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), complicating an estimated 30% of dialysis treatments in this population. HIRRT can exacerbate organ hypoperfusion in the setting of critical illness and may negatively impact renal recovery in the AKI population...
June 15, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619078/psychological-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-depression-anxiety-alcohol-misuse-or-anger-in-armed-forces-veterans-and-their-families-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
#8
Luke O'Shea, Ed Watkins, Paul Farrand
BACKGROUND: Evidence highlights a high prevalence of common mental health disorders in armed forces veterans and their families, with depression, anxiety, alcohol misuse and anger being more common than PTSD. This paper presents a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis to identify existing randomised controlled trial (RCT) research testing the effectiveness of psychological interventions for these difficulties in armed forces veterans and their family members. METHODS: Electronic databases (CENTRAL, PsycInfo, MEDLINE, CINAHL, The Cochrane Register of Clinical Trials, EMBASE and ASSIA) will be searched to identify suitable studies for inclusion in the review supplemented by forward and backward reference checking, grey literature searches and contact with subject authors...
June 15, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587676/access-barriers-to-obstetric-care-at-health-facilities-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review
#9
Minerva Kyei-Nimakoh, Mary Carolan-Olah, Terence V McCann
BACKGROUND: Since 2000, the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which included a goal to improve maternal health by the end of 2015, has facilitated significant reductions in maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, despite more focused efforts made especially by low- and middle-income countries, targets were largely unmet in sub-Saharan Africa, where women are plagued by many challenges in seeking obstetric care. The aim of this review was to synthesise literature on barriers to obstetric care at health institutions in sub-Saharan Africa...
June 6, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587666/protocol-for-a-systematic-review-of-the-efficacy-of-fat-grafting-and-platelet-rich-plasma-for-wound-healing
#10
Oliver J Smith, Muholan Kanapathy, Ankur Khajuria, Max Prokopenko, Nadine Hachach-Haram, Haroon Mann, Ash Mosahebi
BACKGROUND: The use of fat grafting as a reconstructive surgical option is becoming much more common. Adipose-derived stem cells found in fat grafts are believed to facilitate wound healing via differentiation into fibroblasts and keratinocytes and the release of pro-healing growth factors. Several small studies have shown a positive effect of fat grafting in healing of wounds of a variety of aetiologies. When fat is combined with autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP), there may be enhanced healing effects...
June 6, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587663/parent-experiences-and-information-needs-relating-to-procedural-pain-in-children-a-systematic-review-protocol
#11
Allison Gates, Kassi Shave, Robin Featherstone, Kelli Buckreus, Samina Ali, Shannon Scott, Lisa Hartling
BACKGROUND: There exist many evidence-based interventions available to manage procedural pain in children and neonates, yet they are severely underutilized. Parents play an important role in the management of their child's pain; however, many do not possess adequate knowledge of how to effectively do so. The purpose of the planned study is to systematically review and synthesize current knowledge of the experiences and information needs of parents with regard to the management of their child's pain and distress related to medical procedures in the emergency department...
June 6, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558847/ultrasound-characteristics-of-the-mid-portion-of-the-achilles-tendon-in-runners-a-systematic-review-protocol
#12
Prue Molyneux, Matthew Carroll, Sarah Stewart, Angela Brenton-Rule, Keith Rome
BACKGROUND: Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common overuse injuries in recreational and competitive runners, yet the clinical significance and frequency of abnormal sonographic characteristics in runners remains unclear. This paper presents a protocol for a systematic review which aims to assess existing literature which has employed ultrasonography to evaluate characteristics of the mid-portion of the Achilles tendon in runners. METHODS: An electronic literature search will be conducted using the following electronic databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL and SPORTDiscus...
May 30, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558846/perioperative-antibiotics-in-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
#13
Vijay Anand, Angela Bates, Robin Featherstone, Srinivas Murthy
BACKGROUND: Post-operative infections in pediatric cardiac surgery are an ongoing clinical challenge, with rates between 1 and 20%. Perioperative antibiotics remain the standard for prevention of surgical-site infections, but the type of antibiotic and duration of administration remain poorly defined. Current levels of practice variation through informal surveys are very high. Rates of antibiotic-resistant organisms are increasing steadily around the world. METHODS/DESIGN: We will identify all controlled observational studies and randomized controlled trials examining prophylactic antibiotic use in pediatric cardiac surgery...
May 30, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558822/do-outcomes-reported-in-randomised-controlled-trials-of-joint-replacement-surgery-fulfil-the-omeract-2-0-filter-a-review-of-the-2008-and-2013-literature
#14
Peter D H Wall, Bethan L Richards, Andrew Sprowson, Rachelle Buchbinder, Jasvinder A Singh
BACKGROUND: It is not known, whether outcome reporting in trials of total joint arthroplasty in the recent years is adequate or not. Our objective was to assess whether outcomes reported in total joint replacement (TJR) trials fulfil the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Filter 2.0. METHODS: We systematically reviewed all TJR trials in adults, published in English in 2008 or 2013. Searches were conducted in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, and EMBASE...
May 30, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532422/conclusions-in-systematic-reviews-of-mammography-for-breast-cancer-screening-and-associations-with-review-design-and-author-characteristics
#15
Smriti Raichand, Adam G Dunn, Mei-Sing Ong, Florence T Bourgeois, Enrico Coiera, Kenneth D Mandl
BACKGROUND: Debates about the benefits and harms of mammography continue despite the accumulation of evidence. We sought to quantify the disagreement across systematic reviews of mammography and determine whether author or design characteristics were associated with conclusions that were favourable to the use of mammography for routine breast cancer screening. METHODS: We identified systematic reviews of mammography published between January 2000 and November 2015, and extracted information about the selection of evidence, age groups, the use of meta-analysis, and authors' professions and financial competing interest disclosures...
May 22, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526062/polypharmacy-in-multimorbid-older-adults-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
#16
Caroline Sirois, Marie-Laure Laroche, Line Guénette, Edeltraut Kröger, Dan Cooper, Valérie Émond
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy, the concurrent use of multiple medications, consistently evokes a negative connotation, notably because it is associated with a plethora of adverse events. Nonetheless, the number of individuals exposed to polypharmacy is increasing steeply, especially for older people with multiple diseases. There is a need to carefully study the phenomenon at the population scale to full assess the associated health outcomes. Yet, this reveals a complex task because there exists no consensus indicator of polypharmacy...
May 19, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526060/comparison-of-the-effect-of-oral-care-with-four-different-antiseptics-to-prevent-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-adults-protocol-for-a-network-meta-analysis
#17
Zhigang Zhang, Yuying Hou, Jun Zhang, Bo Wang, Juxia Zhang, Ailing Yang, Ge Li, Jinhui Tian
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is defined as the occurrence of pneumonia in patients receiving mechanical ventilation for more than 48 h after endotracheal intubation. The implementation of effective oral care with antiseptics may reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia. However, previous studies have been unclear about the best antiseptic for this purpose. Therefore, present protocol proposed to perform a network meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy of different antiseptics to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia...
May 19, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521817/epidemiology-of-diabetic-foot-disease-and-diabetes-related-lower-extremity-amputation-in-australia-a-systematic-review-protocol
#18
Jaap J van Netten, Mendel Baba, Peter A Lazzarini
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot disease is associated with major morbidity, mortality, costs, and reduction of a person's quality of life. Investigating the epidemiology of diabetic foot disease is the backbone of diabetic foot research and clinical practice, yet the full burden of diabetic foot disease in Australia is unknown. This study aims to describe the protocol for a systematic review of the epidemiology of diabetic foot disease and diabetes-related lower-extremity amputation in Australia...
May 18, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521801/why-are-some-people-more-fit-than-others-correlates-and-determinants-of-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-adults-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
#19
Nita Perumal, Gert B M Mensink, Thomas Keil, Jonas David Finger
BACKGROUND: Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a physical condition that is now well established as a predictor of numerous adverse health outcomes, independent of physical activity levels. In order to be able to improve CRF at the population level and to develop effective interventions and public health programmes, it is important to understand why some people are more fit than others. Therefore, the primary aim of the systematic review described in this protocol is to examine individual and interpersonal factors that are correlated with or determine CRF among adults...
May 18, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511720/identifying-models-of-delivery-care-domains-and-quality-indicators-relevant-to-palliative-day-services-a-scoping-review-protocol
#20
Seán R O'Connor, Martin Dempster, Noleen K McCorry
BACKGROUND: With an ageing population and increasing numbers of people with life-limiting illness, there is a growing demand for palliative day services. There is a need to measure and demonstrate the quality of these services, but there is currently little agreement on which aspects of care should be used to do this. The aim of the scoping review will be to map the extent, range and nature of the evidence around models of delivery, care domains and existing quality indicators used to evaluate palliative day services...
May 16, 2017: Systematic Reviews
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