Registering the review

Alison Booth*

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Good quality systematic reviews of any study type involve good design and careful planning. To minimise the risk of bias, methods should be pre-specifi ed in a protocol with subsequent deviations and changes from what was planned being recorded and explained in the completed review report. Transparency in conduct and reporting enables those using systematic review fi ndings to judge the quality of a review and assess for themselves the potential impact of any deviation from what was planned initially. This chapter presents the case for systematic review protocol registration and introduces PROSPERO, an open register designed specifi cally for prospective registration of systematic reviews. Considerations when registering a systematic review of reviews are illustrated with examples from PROSPERO.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUmbrella Reviews
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence Synthesis with Overviews of Reviews and Meta-Epidemiologic Studies
EditorsGiuseppe Biondi-Zoccai
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319256559
ISBN (Print)9783319256535
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2016

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