Online Program

Screening and reporting results

Saturday, November 2, 2013 : 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Helena M. VonVille, MLS, MPH, Library, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX
Alicia Livinski, MPH, MLS, National Institutes of Health Library, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Reporting findings of a systematic review occurs in two parts of the paper: in Methods and in Results. Authors must employ brevity when describing search results as there are many components on which to report. However, brevity is no excuse for ignoring key elements of reporting, especially as all data is readily available in the workbook. During this session, participants will be provided opportunities to see how different citation management software can be used to screen titles and abstracts, and to record inclusion/exclusion of each item. While screening full text of articles is done outside the realm of the citation management software, data concerning inclusion/exclusion is recorded within the citation management software so that values can be input into the workbook, thus resulting in a PRISMA flowchart to be created. Participants will also be provided with guidance for the elements to include in the Methods section as well as in the Results of their manuscript. Lastly, we will provide suggestions for storage and archiving of all results for future reference.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify eligibility criteria based on aims; List different types of citation management software; Compare citation management software and describe how similarities and differences might affect the data gathering process; Demonstrate the ability to add data critical for reporting to an Excel workbook; Design a PRISMA flowchart based on the data; Analyze data from the Excel workbook and the PRISMA flowchart; List the elements of the search process that go in the Methods portion of the paper. List the elements of the search process that go in the Results portion of the paper.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently co-teach a graduate course on systematic reviews 2-3 times each year at the University of Texas School of Public Health. I have also participated on both published and unpublished (i.e. student theses/dissertations) systematic reviews.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.