An Approach to Comparing Nations for Inclusion of Studies in Health-based Systematic Literature Reviews

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Title: An Approach to Comparing Nations for Inclusion of Studies in Health-based Systematic Literature Reviews
Authors: Deonandan, Raywat
Schachter, Howard
Ly, Mylan
Lacroix, Denise
Moore, Ceri
Barrowman, Nicholas
Abdulkadir, Idil
Girardi, Alberta
Date: 2012-05-24
Abstract: Background: To develop and demonstrate a systematic approach for comparing nations, for the purpose of deciding whether to include or exclude studies in a systematic review of a health research question pertinent to the Canadian population. Results: a template of nine criteria was developed, including both sociodemographic and systemic indicators, and was applied to 68 jurisdictions, of which 19 were deemed sufficiently comparable to Canada to be included in the review. Conclusions: Subsequent systematic reviews, regardless of which nation is ultimately the reference population, should employ a similar process, with indicators and characteristics specific to the research questions, to ensure that political, economic, historical or ethnic biases are not influencing the selection or rejection of relevant papers.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/22875
http://www.ispub.com/journal/the-internet-journal-of-epidemiology/volume-10-number-2/an-approach-to-comparing-nations-for-inclusion-of-studies-in-health-based-systematic-literature-reviews.html
CollectionSciences de la santé // Health Sciences
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