Framework for Determining Research Gaps During Systematic Review: Evaluation – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [US] – February 2013

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Framework for Determining Research Gaps During Systematic Review: Evaluation – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [US] – February 2013

Methods Research Reports

Investigators: Karen A Robinson, PhD, Oluwaseun Akinyede, MPH, Tania Dutta, MS, MPP, Veronica Ivey Sawin, BA, Tianjing Li, MD, PhD, Merianne Rose Spencer, BS, Charles M Turkelson, PhD, and Christine Weston, PhD.

Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center
Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); February 2013.
Report No.: 13-EHC019-EF

“Structured Abstract

Background:
Research gaps prevent systematic reviewers from making conclusions and, ultimately, limit our ability to make informed health care decisions. While there are well-defined methods for conducting a systematic review, there has been no explicit process for the identification of research gaps from systematic reviews. In a prior project we developed a framework to facilitate the systematic identification and characterization of research gaps from systematic reviews. This framework uses elements of PICOS (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcomes, Setting) to describe the gaps and categorizes the reasons for the gaps as (A) insufficient or imprecise information, (B) biased information, (C) inconsistent or unknown consistency results, and/or (D) not the right information.”

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