Future for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Shah Ebrahim, Mark D. Huffman

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The demand for and supply of systematic reviews and meta-analyses are booming, yet this growth threatens the sustainability and growth of both. The volume and complexity of science continue to expand exponentially, competition and duplication are rampant, and standards of reporting have led to greater detail without necessarily greater clarity of systematic review reports. As agencies that gain from systematic reviews, private, governmental, nonprofit, and professional organizations should invest more in systematic reviews. The future of systematic reviews will include access to an even greater amount of information for synthesis, including unpublished and regulatory data, which will require technology to manage. For example, top-down informatics approaches will be complemented by bottom-up crowdsourcing from the scientific community. Priorities will need to balance the competing demands of systematic review teams and end users. Systematic reviews may even extend into basic and translational sciences, with a long-term goal of improving the quality and efficiency of primary research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystematic Reviews in Health Research
Subtitle of host publicationMeta-Analysis in Context: Third Edition
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781119099369
ISBN (Print)9781405160506
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


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