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randomised controlled trial,systematic review and meta-analysis

Przemyslaw Rys, Agnieszka H Ludwig-Słomczyńska, Katarzyna Cyganek, Maciej T Malecki
BACKGROUND: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have shown an advantage of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) over multiple daily injections (MDI) in the general type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) population. RCT data on T1DM management in pregnancy remain limited. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic review of both RCTs and non-RCTs evaluating CSII versus MDI in T1DM-complicated pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: Electronic databases were searched for studies comparing CSII with MDI in T1DM-complicated pregnancy...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Cmg van Driel, A S Stuursma, M J Schroevers, Mje Mourits, G H de Bock
BACKGROUND: During menopause women experience vasomotor and psychosexual symptoms that cannot entirely be alleviated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Besides, HRT is contraindicated after breast cancer. OBJECTIVES: To review the evidence on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in natural or treatment-induced menopausal women. SEARCH STRATEGY: Medline/Pubmed, PsycINFO, EMBASE and AMED were searched until June 2017...
March 15, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Richard Powell, Gordon McGregor, Stuart Ennis, Peter K Kimani, Martin Underwood
OBJECTIVES: To determine the contemporary effectiveness of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in terms of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality and hospital admissions. DATA SOURCES: Studies included in or meeting the entry criteria for the 2016 Cochrane review of exercise-based CR in patients with coronary artery disease. STUDY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of exercise-based CR versus a no-exercise control whose participants were recruited after the year 2000...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Jane Barlow, Nadeeja Ins Herath, Christine Bartram Torrance, Cathy Bennett, Yinghui Wei
BACKGROUND: The first three years of a child's life are a key period of physical, physiological, cognitive and social development, and the caregiver-infant relationship in early infancy plays an important role in influencing these aspects of development. Specifically, caregiver attunement facilitates the move from coregulation to self-regulation; a parent's ability to understand their infant's behaviour as communication is a key part of this process. Early, brief interventions such as the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) or Neonatal Behavioral Observation (NBO) system are potential methods of improving outcomes for both infant and caregiver...
March 14, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Mohamed Barkat, Iain Roy, Stavros A Antoniou, Francesco Torella, George A Antoniou
We aim to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate outcomes of treatment strategies for asymptomatic carotid disease. We searched electronic bibliographic sources (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL and CENTRAL) to identify randomised controlled trials (RCT) reporting comparative outcomes of carotid endarterectomy (CEA), carotid stenting (CAS) and best medical therapy (BMT) in asymptomatic carotid disease. We performed pairwise meta-analysis applying random or fixed-effects models and reported the results as the odds ratio (OR) or risk difference (RD) and 95% confidence interval (CI)...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Patrick J Lindsay, Danielle Buell, Damon C Scales
BACKGROUND: Mild therapeutic hypothermia (TH), or targeted temperature management, improves survival and neurological outcomes in patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). International guidelines strongly support initiating TH for all eligible individuals presenting with OHCA; however, the timing of cooling initiation remains uncertain. This systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted with all available randomised controlled trials (RCTs) included to explore the efficacy and safety of initiating pre-hospital TH in patients with OHCA...
March 13, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Yuqing Zhang, Xinyu Zhou, Lining Yang, Sarah E Hetrick, John R Weisz, Pim Cuijpers, Jürgen Barth, Cinzia Del Giovane, Shuai Yuan, David Cohen, Donna Gillies, Xiaofeng Jiang, Teng Teng, Peng Xie
INTRODUCTION: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common among children and adolescents who are exposed to trauma, and it is often associated with significant negative impacts on their psychosocial functioning and quality of life. Many types of psychotherapies have been found to be effective for PTSD in children and adolescents. However, due to the lack of direct comparisons between different psychotherapies, the hierarchy of treatment efficacy is still unclear. Therefore, we plan to conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of various types of psychotherapies for PTSD in children and adolescents...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Marianna Purgato, Alden L Gross, Theresa Betancourt, Paul Bolton, Chiara Bonetto, Chiara Gastaldon, James Gordon, Paul O'Callaghan, Davide Papola, Kirsi Peltonen, Raija-Leena Punamaki, Justin Richards, Julie K Staples, Johanna Unterhitzenberger, Mark van Ommeren, Joop de Jong, Mark J D Jordans, Wietse A Tol, Corrado Barbui
BACKGROUND: Results from studies evaluating the effectiveness of focused psychosocial support interventions in children exposed to traumatic events in humanitarian settings in low-income and middle-income countries have been inconsistent, showing varying results by setting and subgroup (eg, age or gender). We aimed to assess the effectiveness of these interventions, and to explore which children are likely to benefit most. METHODS: We did a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data (IPD) from 3143 children recruited to 11 randomised controlled trials of focused psychosocial support interventions versus waiting list...
April 2018: Lancet Global Health
Anthony Pease, Clement Lo, Arul Earnest, Danny Liew, Sophia Zoungas
BACKGROUND: Technology has been implemented since the 1970s with the hope of improving glycaemic control and reducing the burden of complications for those living with type 1 diabetes. A clinical and cost-effectiveness comparison of all available technologies including continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), sensor-augmented pump therapy (including either low-glucose suspend or predictive low-glucose suspend), hybrid closed-loop systems, closed-loop (single-hormone or dual-hormone) systems, flash glucose monitoring (FGM), insulin bolus calculators, and 'smart-device' applications is currently lacking...
March 12, 2018: Systematic Reviews
Tuo Chen, Qun Zhou, Dan Zhang, Feng Jiang, Jing Wu, Jin-Yong Zhou, Xiao Zheng, Yu-Gen Chen
Background: Evidence concerning the effect of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has not been firmly established. Therefore, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate FMT treatment outcomes in patients with IBD treated for CDI. Methods: An electronic search of four databases was conducted until November 1st, 2017. Cohort studies of FMT efficacy and safety in CDI patients with IBD were included...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Rebecca Abrahams, Karen P Y Liu, Michelle Bissett, Paul Fahey, Karen S L Cheung, Rosalind Bye, Katrina Chaudhary, Leung-Wing Chu
BACKGROUND/AIM: Occupational therapists and health practitioners commonly provide interventions to family caregivers of people with dementia with the aim of relieving burden, depression, and disruptions in health and social support. To date, the effects of multicomponent interventions specifically targeting these four important outcomes has not been established. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of multicomponent interventions on four outcomes for co-residing family caregivers of people with dementia...
March 12, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
C-H Wu, C-H Chen, P-H Chen, J-J Yang, P-C Chang, T-C Huang, S Bagga, Y Sharma, R-M Lin, D-C Chan
Fracture liaison services (FLS) have been demonstrated to improve outcomes following osteoporotic fracture. The aim of this systematic literature review (SLR) was to determine the characteristics of an FLS that lead to improved patient outcomes. We conducted a SLR, including articles published between 2000 and February 2017, using global (Medline, EMBASE, PubMed and Cochrane Library) and local databases. Studies including patients aged ≥ 50 years with osteoporotic fractures enrolled in an FLS were assessed...
March 10, 2018: Osteoporosis International
M Parra-Moreno, J J Rodríguez-Juan, J D Ruiz-Cárdenas
INTRODUCTION: Commercial video games are considered an effective tool to improve postural balance in different populations. However, the effectiveness of these video games for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To analyse existing evidence on the effects of commercial video games on postural balance in patients with MS. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We conducted a systematic literature search on 11 databases (Academic-Search Complete, AMED, CENTRAL, CINAHL, WoS, IBECS, LILACS, Pubmed/Medline, Scielo, SPORTDiscus, and Science Direct) using the following terms: "multiple sclerosis", videogames, "video games", exergam*, "postural balance", posturography, "postural control", balance...
March 7, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Stephanie L Harrison, Kate E Laver, Kayla Ninnis, Cherie Rowett, Natasha A Lannin, Maria Crotty
PURPOSE: To examine in people with neurological disorders, which method/s of providing external cues to improve task performance are most effective. METHODS: Medline, EMBASE, and PsycINFO were systematically searched. Two reviewers independently screened, extracted data, and assessed the quality of the evidence using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE). RESULTS: Twenty six studies were included. Studies examined a wide-range of cues including visual, tactile, auditory, verbal, and multi-component cues...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Rao Muhammad Asaf Khan, Baqar Ali, Shahin Hajibandeh, Shahab Hajibandeh
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of mesalazine on recurrence of diverticulitis in patients with symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease (SUDD). METHODS: We performed a systematic review and conducted a search of electronic information sources to identify all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) investigating the effect of mesalazine on the recurrence of diverticulitis in patients with SUDD. We used the Cochrane tool to assess the quality of included studies...
March 9, 2018: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
Antonia Fh Smelt, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Lynette W Bermingham, Elizabeth Allen, Alan D Dangour, Simone Jpm Eussen, Bernard Favrat, Lisette Cpgm De Groot, Frans J Kok, Timothy Kwok, Arduino A Mangoni, George Ntaios, Ondine Van De Rest, Eric Seal, Paul Vaucher, Petra Verhoef, Theo Stijnen, Wendy Pj Den Elzen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Low vitamin B12 and folate levels in community-dwelling older people are usually corrected with supplements. However, the effect of this supplementation on haematological parameters in older persons is not known. Therefore, we executed a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials (RCTs). SUBJECTS/METHODS: We performed a systematic search in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane and CENTRAL for RCTs published between January 1950 and April 2016, where community-dwelling elderly (60+ years) who were treated with vitamin B12 or folic acid or placebo...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Naqash J Sethi, Emil E Nielsen, Sanam Safi, Joshua Feinberg, Christian Gluud, Janus C Jakobsen
BACKGROUND: During recent years, systematic reviews of observational studies have compared digoxin to no digoxin in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, and the results of these reviews suggested that digoxin seems to increase the risk of all-cause mortality regardless of concomitant heart failure. Our objective was to assess the benefits and harms of digoxin for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter based on randomized clinical trials. METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, SCI-Expanded, BIOSIS for eligible trials comparing digoxin versus placebo, no intervention, or other medical interventions in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter in October 2016...
2018: PloS One
Massimo Franchini, Carlo Mengoli, Mario Cruciani, Marco Marietta, Giuseppe Marano, Stefania Vaglio, Simonetta Pupella, Eva Veropalumbo, Francesca Masiello, Giancarlo M Liumbruno
BACKGROUND: Thrombelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) are viscoelastic haemostatic assays (VHA) which exploit the elastic properties of clotting blood. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the usefulness of these tests in bleeding patients outside the cardiac surgical setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE and SCOPUS. We also searched clinical trial registries for ongoing and unpublished studies, and checked reference lists to identify additional studies...
February 26, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Christopher J Weir, Isabella Butcher, Valentina Assi, Stephanie C Lewis, Gordon D Murray, Peter Langhorne, Marian C Brady
BACKGROUND: Rigorous, informative meta-analyses rely on availability of appropriate summary statistics or individual participant data. For continuous outcomes, especially those with naturally skewed distributions, summary information on the mean or variability often goes unreported. While full reporting of original trial data is the ideal, we sought to identify methods for handling unreported mean or variability summary statistics in meta-analysis. METHODS: We undertook two systematic literature reviews to identify methodological approaches used to deal with missing mean or variability summary statistics...
March 7, 2018: BMC Medical Research Methodology
Dongmei Xie, Yulin Liao, Jirong Yue, Chao Zhang, Yanyan Wang, Chuanyao Deng, Ling Chen
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of five kinds of selenium supplementation for the treatment of patients with Kashin-Beck disease, and rank these selenium supplementations based on their performance. DESIGN: We searched for all publications between 1 January 1966 and 31 March 2017 using seven electronic databases. GRADE system to network meta-analyses (NMAs) was applied to rate the quality of the evidence. We conducted a random effects model NMA in STATA 12...
March 6, 2018: BMJ Open
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