TABLE D-1 Comparison of Chapter 2 Guidance on Conducting Systematic Reviews (SRs) of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Standards and Elements

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)

The Cochrane  Collaboration

2.1 Establish a team with appropriate expertise and experience to conduct the systematic review

Provides guidance on establishing a review team (see below).

Provides guidance on establishing a review team (see below).

Provides guidance on establishing a review team (see below).

2.1.1 Include expertise in pertinent clinical content areas

Must include an individual with relevant clinical expertise, and when indicated, access to specialists with relevant expertise.

Ideally includes an individual with knowledge of the relevant clinical/topic area.

Must include expertise in the topic area being reviewed.

2.1.2 Include expertise in systematic review methods

Must include an individual with expertise in conducting SRs.

Ideally includes an individual with expertise in SR methods, and/or qualitative research methods where appropriate.

Must include, or have access to, expertise in SR methodology.

2.1.3 Include expertise in searching for relevant evidence

Must include an individual with library expertise.

Ideally includes an individual with information retrieval skills.

Either a Trials Search Coordinator does the search, or a Trials Search Coordinator or librarian should be consulted.

2.1.4 Include expertise in quantitative methods

Must include an individual with statistical expertise.

Ideally includes an individual with expertise in statistics and health economics.

Must include, or have access to, statistical expertise.

2.1.5 Include other expertise as appropriate

Not mentioned.

Includes a range of skills.

Review authors are encouraged to seek and incorporate the views of users and stakeholders.



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