Choice of data extraction tools for systematic reviews depends on resources and review complexity

Elamin, Mohamed B. and Flynn, David N. and Bassler, Dirk and Briel, Matthias and Alonso-Coello, Pablo and Karanicolas, Paul Jack and Guyatt, Gordon H. and Malaga, German and Furukawa, Toshiaki A. and Kunz, Regina and Schünemann, Holger and Murad, Mohammad Hassan and Barbui, Corrado and Cipriani, Andrea and Montori, Victor M.. (2009) Choice of data extraction tools for systematic reviews depends on resources and review complexity. Journal of clinical epidemiology, Vol. 62, H. 5. pp. 506-510.

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OBJECTIVE: To assist investigators planning, coordinating, and conducting systematic reviews in the selection of data-extraction tools for conducting systematic reviews. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: We constructed an initial table listing available data-collection tools and reflecting our experience with these tools and their performance. An international group of experts iteratively reviewed the table and reflected on the performance of the tools until no new insights and consensus resulted. RESULTS: Several tools are available to manage data in systematic reviews, including paper and pencil, spreadsheets, web-based surveys, electronic databases, and web-based specialized software. Each tool offers benefits and drawbacks: specialized web-based software is well suited in most ways, but is associated with higher setup costs. Other approaches vary in their setup costs and difficulty, training requirements, portability and accessibility, versatility, progress tracking, and the ability to manage, present, store, and retrieve data. CONCLUSION: Available funding, number and location of reviewers, data needs, and the complexity of the project should govern the selection of a data-extraction tool when conducting systematic reviews.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics CEB > Klinische Epidemiologie (Bucher H)
UniBasel Contributors:Kunz, Regina and Briel, Matthias
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
Publisher:Pergamon Press
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