AHRQ EPC Series on Improving Translation of Evidence: Web-Based Interactive Presentation of Systematic Review Reports

Gaelen P. Adam, Ethan M. Balk, Jens Jap, Birol Senturk, Gillian Sanders-Schmidler, Kathryn Lallinger, Mary Butler, Michelle Brasure, Thomas A. Trikalinos

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Systematic reviews are used by a diverse range of users to address an ever-expanding set of questions and needs. It is unlikely that a single static report will efficiently satisfy the different needs of diverse users. Methods: An open-source Web-based interactive report presentation of a systematic review was developed to allow users to generate their own “reports” from the information produced by the review. Data from a broad-scope systematic review were used with network meta-analysis conducted on nonsurgical treatments of urinary incontinence (UI) in women. Stakeholders informed and piloted the tool and assessed its usefulness. Results: The final tool allows users to obtain descriptive and analytic results for a network of treatment categories and various outcomes (cure, improvement, satisfaction, quality of life, adverse events) across several subgroups (all women, older women, or those with stress or urgency UI), along with study-level information, and overall conclusions. The stakeholders were satisfied with the functionality of the tool and proposed a number of improvements regarding presentation (for example, present information on numbers of trials in figures), analyses (for example, allow on-the-fly subgroup analyses, explore trade-offs between several outcomes), and information sharing (for example, provide ability to import/export data from/to other software). Conclusion: A prototype tool to present customized analyses from broad-scope systematic reviews is presented. Further improvements are suggested to develop a scalable tool to make systematic reviews useful to increasingly diverse user groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-638
Number of pages10
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This report is based on research conducted by the Brown, Duke, and Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Maryland (Contract No. 290-2015-00002-I). The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the authors, who are responsible for its contents; the findings and conclusions do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. Therefore, no statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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© 2019 The Joint Commission


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