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THLA Journal Club November 2016

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The Merchant

181 University Avenue

Toronto, ON M5H2X7

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It’s the November edition of the THLA Journal Club!

Join us at The Merchant at 181 University Avenue on Wednesday, November 16th for our Fall meeting. Conveniently located on the University Line two blocks north of St Andrew Station, The Merchant is an Irish pub with great comfort food and a wide selection of local and imported beer.

We will start gathering at 5:30 and at 6:00 Sharon Bailey will lead our discussion of the following (freely available!) article:

Koffel, J. B., & Rethlefsen, M. L. (2016). Reproducibility of search strategies is poor in systematic reviews published in high-impact pediatrics, cardiology and surgery journals: A cross-sectional study. PloS One, 11(9), e0163309.

Background: A high-quality search strategy is considered an essential component of systematic reviews but many do not contain reproducible search strategies. It is unclear if low reproducibility spans medical disciplines, is affected by librarian/search specialist involvement or has improved with increased awareness of reporting guidelines.

Objectives: To examine the reporting of search strategies in systematic reviews published in Pediatrics, Surgery or Cardiology journals in 2012 and determine rates and predictors of including a reproducible search strategy.

Methods: We identified all systematic reviews published in 2012 in the ten highest impact factor journals in Pediatrics, Surgery and Cardiology. Each search strategy was coded to indicate what elements were reported and whether the overall search was reproducible. Reporting and reproducibility rates were compared across disciplines and we measured the influence of librarian/search specialist involvement, discipline or endorsement of a reporting guideline on search reproducibility.

Click here to read more or download the full text

To help you informally appraise the methods and findings of the study, we have put together a list of questions you can use (if you like) for most articles - with no math required! You'll find it attached to the email with this invitation.

Did you know?

You can receive accredited CE hours for attending our Journal Club! Here’s how it works:

  • Become a member of THLA for 2016 (or renew your membership in THLA for 2016)
  • Attend one or more THLA Journal Club meetings, held every other month, and sign in
  • At the end of the year, fill in the evaluation form you will receive via email.
  • Your official CE hours certificate will arrive in your email!

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