A systematic review and synthesis of theories of change of school-based interventions integrating health and academic education as a novel means of preventing violence and substance use among students
ConclusionsEroding ‘boundaries’ between health and academic education, teachers and students, classrooms and the wider school and schools and families were seen to be the most critical to establishing new frameworks of family, classroom or school organisation that are conducive to promoting both academic and socia l-emotional outcomes. Whether such interventions are feasible to implement and effective in reducing risk behaviours will be examined in other reports arising from the review. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Protocol for a systematic review of venous coupler devices versus hand-sewn anastomosis for microsurgical free flap reconstruction
DiscussionThere has been no comparison of coupled and hand-sewn venous anastomoses using a robust and validated methodology preceded by a protocol and performing meta-analysis. Included studies are expected to be mainly observational and prone to bias; however, there is value in summarising the evidence, assessing its risk of bias and performing meta-analysis to guide clinicians. By using a broad approach including all types of flaps, we foresee inherent differences regarding the unit of analysis and different anatomic sites. This will limit the validity of our conclusions but is unavoidable. We will seek unpublished data ...
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Relationship between volume and outcome for congenital diaphragmatic hernia: a systematic review protocol
DiscussionGiven the lack of a comprehensive summary of findings on the relationship between hospital or surgeon volume and outcomes for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, this systematic review will put things right. Results can be used to inform decision makers or clinicians and to adapt medical care.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO (CRD42018090231) (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

What influences women ’s movement and the use of different positions during labour and birth: a systematic review protocol
DiscussionThe findings of this review will allow researchers, practitioners and policy makers to better understand the factors influencing women ’s movement and the use of different positions during labour and birth. This will inform future research and the development of maternity services designed to implement best-evidence concerning movement and positioning during labour and birth into clinical practice.Systematic review registrationIn accordance with the PRISMA-P guidelines (Moher et al. Syst Rev 4:1, 2015), the systematic review protocol was registered with the International Prospective Register of Systematic r...
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Systematic review of the surgical management of rotator cuff repair with an augmentative patch: a feasibility study protocol
DiscussionThis review aims to collate the current evidence base regarding the use of patches to augment rotator cuff repair. The results of this review will help to develop, using consensus methods, the design of a definitive randomised trial assessing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a patch to augment surgical repair of the rotator cuff that is both acceptable to stakeholders and is feasible.Systematic review registrationCRD42017057908 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Body image dissatisfaction in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review protocol
DiscussionTo the best of our knowledge, this will be the first systematic review to collate the existing evidence on BID in IBD patients. Understanding the impact of BID, its relationship with quality of life, and which patients may be at greater risk, may ultimately lead to the development of interventions to prevent or treat BID and to better patient care. Any gaps in the identified evidence will help to inform the research agenda in this area.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO: (CRD42018060999). (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic accuracy of detection of any level of diabetic retinopathy using digital retinal imaging
ConclusionsNon-mydriatic two-field strategy could be a more pragmatic approach in starting DRS programmes for facility-based PwDM in low-income settings, with dilatation of the pupils of those who have ungradable images. There was insufficient evidence in primary studies to draw firm conclusions on how graders ’ background influences DTA. Conducting more context-specific DRS validation studies in low-income and non-ophthalmic settings can be recommended. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Measures assessing attributes of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) competence among nurses: a systematic review protocol
DiscussionThis systematic review will provide a current understanding about the state of evidence with respect to EIDM competence measures in nursing to assist in determining potentially relevant and robust measures for use in different nursing practice settings.Systematic review registrationProtocol registered in PROSPERO Registration #:CRD42018088754 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - November 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Parent-to-parent support interventions for parents of babies cared for in a neonatal unit —protocol of a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence
DiscussionAll outputs will be available on the NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) website and promoted via PenCLAHRC networks as well as organisations that have been contacted throughout the project. PAG members will be involved in writing and reviewing the academic paper and final report and in co-producing dissemination products such as plain language summaries. The PAG will influence the main conclusions of the systematic review, aid interpretation and help to communicate results in the most appropriate ways. We will hold an impact conference with representatives from neonatal units, national neonatal networks...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Effects of perioperative fluid management on postoperative outcomes in liver transplantation: a systematic review protocol
DiscussionHuman organs available for transplantation are scarce resources. Strategies to improve recipients ’ survival are needed. We hypothesize that restrictive fluid management strategies will be associated with better postoperative outcomes than liberal fluid management strategies. This systematic review will improve our understanding of the available evidence and help us better inform future clinic al trials.Systematic review registrationThis systematic review protocol is registered in PROSPERO (CRD42017054970). (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Does motivational interviewing improve the weight management process in adolescents? Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
This study aims to investigate whether MI will improve weight management process in adolescents.Methods/designA systematic review will be conducted on clinical trials, assessing the effect of MI on weight management processes in adolescents, aged 10 to 19  years. The primary objective is to assess the efficacy of MI in controlling weight-related measures in overweight and obese adolescents. Secondary objectives are assessing the efficacy of MI on obesity-related behaviors and cognitive abilities considering heterogeneity in outcomes of primary studi es in different MI settings. Main data sources include MEDLINE/PubMed...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Physical activity participation and the risk of chronic diseases among South Asian adults: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
DiscussionThis review will summarise the strength of the association between physical activity and selected chronic diseases and their markers among South Asian adults 40  years or older. The findings will provide an evidence base to guide public health policy and interventions in the South Asian region and to inform future research to address the rising burden of chronic diseases.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42018096505 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Functional, motor, and sensory assessment instruments upon nerve repair in adult hands: systematic review of psychometric properties
ConclusionsFew studies included nerve repair in their sample for the psychometric analysis of outcome measures, so moderate evidence could be confirmed. Manual muscle test and Rotterdam Intrinsic Hand Myometer dynamometer had excellent reliability but insufficient data on validity or responsiveness. Touch threshold testing was more responsive than 2PD test. The locognosia test and STI had limited but positive supporting data related to validity. Ros én-Lundborg score had emerging evidence of reliability and validity as a comprehensive outcome following nerve repair. Few questionnaires were considered reliable and va...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Partially systematic thoughts on the history of systematic reviews
AbstractSix years after the launch ofSystematic Reviews by Biomed Central, this article is part of the celebration of the journal. It contains personal reflections on the past, present and future of systematic reviews, using examples relevant to the role of systematic reviews in cataloguing and analysing research, assessing quality and planning new studies. The focus is on the most common of the various types of systematic review in health and social care, namely those assessing the effects of interventions. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Protocol of a systematic review on the application of wearable inertial sensors to quantify everyday life motor activity in people with mobility impairments
DiscussionThis review will facilitate the selection of an appropriate sensor setup for future applications, contain recommendations about the design of data processing algorithms as well as their evaluation procedure, and present a gap for innovative, new algorithms, and devices.Systematic review registrationInternational prospective register of systematic reviews (PROSPERO):CRD42017069865. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

A study of the value of requesting information from drug manufacturers for systematic reviews; 9 years of experience from the drug effectiveness review project
ConclusionsIn SRs conducted for DERP, few studies submitted by pharmaceutical manufacturers were ultimately included in a SR. The included data helped to reduce reporting and publication bias by filling important gaps and in some cases led to altered conclusions. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The impact of body mass index on mortality in patients with acute kidney injury: a systematic review protocol
DiscussionBody mass index may be an important modifiable risk factor for mortality in patients presenting with AKI. The proposed systematic review will help to elucidate the association between all categories of BMI and survival in this patient group.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017071124. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Effects of hypercapnia in sepsis: protocol for a systematic review of clinical and preclinical data
The objective of this systematic review is to collate the biomedical literature of preclinical and clinical studies testing the effects of higher PaCO2 levels in the setting of sepsis.MethodsWe will perform a qualitative systematic review of preclinical and clinical studies evaluating the effects of hypercapnia in sepsis. We will search CENTRAL, PubMed, CINAHL, and EMBASE using a comprehensive strategy. We will screen the reference lists of the articles we select for inclusion to identify additional studies for potential inclusion. Two independent reviewers will review all search results. Upon inclusion of articles, we wil...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Rapid methods including network meta-analysis to produce evidence in clinical decision support: a decision analysis
ConclusionsThe transfer of knowledge to practice could benefit from faster systematic reviewing methods. The results in this preliminary assessment suggest that an improved rapid NMA approach might replace gold standard NMAs. Decision analysis could be used to compare evidence summarisation methods. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prothrombin complex concentrate versus placebo, no intervention, or other interventions in critically bleeding patients associated with oral anticoagulant administration: a protocol for a systematic review of randomised clinical trials with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis
DiscussionAs critical bleeding in patients treated with oral anticoagulants is an increasing problem, an up-to-date systematic review evaluating the benefits and harms of prothrombin complex concentrate is urgently needed. It is the hope that this review will be able to guide best practice in treatment and clinical research of these critically bleeding patients.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO CRD42018084371 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

T cell activation and cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
DiscussionsThis review will not require ethical approval, and the findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed publication and conferences. Although other previous studies have reported deregulated T cell function in hyperglycaemia, the underlying mechanisms remain controversial. However, evidence suggests that T cells may be a key component in the development of T2DM and CVDs as its complication. Furthermore, they are a potential diagnostic and therapeutic target in the management of the disease.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42018099745 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The effect of carbetocin compared to misoprostol in management of the third stage of labor and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage: a systematic review
ConclusionAlthough this review showed that carbetocin is effective for decreasing PPH, blood loss, the length of the third stage of labor, and the need for additional uterotonics, this conclusion should be considered with caution. Because assessment of PPH is a subjective issue and it is uncertain whether outcomes were assessed blindly in respect to treatment. We recommend future research to verify our findings. Also clinicians may like to consider use of carbetocin for women with low risk for PPH. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Effective study selection using text mining or a single-screening approach: a study protocol
This study is also the first to investigate a range of questions surrounding the screening process and to include an a priori sample size calculation, thus enabling statistical conclusions. In addition, the impact of missing studies on the conclusion of a benefit assessment is calculated.Systematic review registrationNot applicable (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The impact of health literacy on diagnosis and outcomes of symptomatic cancer by ethnicity : a systematic review protocol
DiscussionThis systematic review will summarise the evidence regarding ethnic inequality in health literacy and how this impacts on diagnosis and outcomes of cancer. The review will identify possible areas for future research, and inform clinical practice and interventions to reduce ethnic inequalities in cancer diagnosis and outcomes. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The use of probiotics for improving lipid profiles in dyslipidemic individuals: an overview protocol
DiscussionThere are some systematic reviews about the use of probiotics to prevent and/or treat dyslipidemia; however, their outcomes related to the ability of probiotics to improve lipid profiles are conflicting. So, an overview on this topic is needed to clarify this important issue.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017080328 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The association between blood pressure variability (BPV) with dementia and cognitive function: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
DiscussionThis systematic review aims to clarify whether BPV is associated with elevated risk for dementia, cognitive impairment, and cognitive function. An evaluation of the etiological links between BPV with incident dementia might inform evidence-based clinical practice and policy concerning blood pressure measurement and hypertension management. The review will identify sources of heterogeneity and may inform decisions on whether it is feasible and desirable to proceed with an individual participant data meta-analysis.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017081977 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Association between diabetes mellitus and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis: evidence from a systematic review and meta-analysis
ConclusionsThe results suggest that DM can significantly increase the odds of developing MDR-TB. Consequently, a more robust TB treatment and follow-up might be necessary for patients with DM. Efforts to control DM can have a substantial beneficial effect on TB outcomes, particularly in the case of MDR-TB.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42016045692. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Joint distraction for knee osteoarthritis: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
DiscussionThis systematic review will summarise the short- and long-term clinical and structural outcomes following joint distraction for knee osteoarthritis. The findings from this review will establish the quality of currently available evidence, which will determine the need for further studies to establish the true effect size of this procedure.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42018087032 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The effectiveness of attentional bias modification for substance use disorder symptoms in adults: a systematic review
ConclusionsDespite a number of negative findings and the diversity of studies, multi-session ABM interventions, especially in the case of alcohol and when the Alcohol Attention Control Training Programme was used, appear to have positive effects on symptoms of addictive behaviour. However, more rigorous well-powered future research in clinical samples is needed before firm conclusions regarding the effectiveness of ABM interventions can be drawn.Systematic review registrationRegistration number PROSPERO:CRD42016046823 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Toward a comprehensive evidence map of overview of systematic review methods: paper 2 —risk of bias assessment; synthesis, presentation and summary of the findings; and assessment of the certainty of the evidence
ConclusionMany methods have been described for use in the latter steps in conducting an overview; however, evaluation and guidance for applying these methods is sparse. The exception is RoB assessment, for which a multitude of tools exist —several with sufficient evaluation and guidance to recommend their use. Evaluation of other methods is required to provide a comprehensive evidence map. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Evidence of patients ’ challenges and barriers related to usage of Implanon®: scoping review protocol
DiscussionWe anticipate finding relevant studies on the use of Implanon ®. Evidence gathered from included studies will help us identify gaps in research and help guide future research on Implanon® usage. This information can also help guide implementers and users on challenges and barriers related to use of Implanon®.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017072926. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

A comprehensive regional neurochemical theory in depression: a protocol for the systematic review and meta-analysis of 1H-MRS studies in major depressive disorder
DiscussionThis data will shed new light on the biochemical basis of depression in different brain regions, thereby highlighting the potential of MRS in identifying biomarkers and generating models of MDD and treatment response.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42018091494 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prophylactic management of postpartum haemorrhage in the third stage of labour: an overview of systematic reviews
ConclusionsNo effective prophylactic management techniques were identified for maternal mortality. Most methods of effective prophylactic management of postpartum haemorrhage were supported by evidence; however, they were limited to low- or moderate-quality evidence, and high-quality studies are therefore needed. Outcome measures of the included systematic reviews varied. It is recommended that outcome measures in preventive postpartum haemorrhage intervention trials align with the World Health Organization guidelines.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO:CRD42016049220. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Nanomedicine for drug delivery in South Africa: a protocol for systematic review
DiscussionThe systematic review will inform the government, policy-makers, investors, health professionals, scientists, and engineers about the applications of nanomedicine in drug delivery. In particular, it will identify the diseases targeted by the application of nanomedicine for drug delivery and the progress being made in South Africa as the disease burden of this country differs from that of developed countries where nanomedicine has been widely used for drug delivery.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017057388 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Experiences of aging in place in the United States: protocol for a systematic review and meta-ethnography of qualitative studies
DiscussionTo the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic review to integrate and synthesize the findings of qualitative studies of aging in place focusing on older adults in the US. The findings of this review will provide in-depth knowledge on lived experiences of aging in place and address important gaps in existing work.Systematic review registrationInternational Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO): CRD42018102847 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Just how plain are plain tobacco packs: re-analysis of a systematic review using multilevel meta-analysis suggests lessons about the comparative benefits of synthesis methods
ConclusionsThe meta-analysis found, similar to the narrative synthesis, that respondents typically rated plain packaging as less attractive than alternative (e.g. branded) tobacco packs. However, there were several trade-offs between analysis methods in the types and bodies of evidence each one contained and in the difference between partial precision and breadth of conclusions. Analysis methods were different in respect of the role of judgement and contextual variation and in terms of estimation and unexpected effect modification. In addition, we noted that analysis methods were different in how they accounted for heterog...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The role of saline irrigation prior to wound closure in the reduction of surgical site infection: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
DiscussionThis review aims at investigating the value of routine wound irrigation using normal saline in preventing surgical site infection.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO:CRD42018082287 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Survival of patients with chronic heart failure in the community: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
DiscussionThis systematic review will provide up to date evidence on the current survival rates and prognostic indicators for patients with chronic HF. We will put this into historical perspective, comparing outcomes across time to help understand the impact of advances in evidence-based treatment on average survival. This information is important in facilitating informed decision-making for patients and health professionals as well as highlighting areas to focus resources and improve public health planning.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO 2017CRD42017075680 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The HEART score in predicting major adverse cardiac events in patients presenting to the emergency department with possible acute coronary syndrome: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
DiscussionThis review will identify, select, and appraise studies evaluating the prognostic performance of the HEART score, producing results of interest to emergency physicians. These results may encourage shared clinical decision-making in the ED by facilitating risk communication with patients and health care providers.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO 2017CRD42017084400. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prognostic value of microRNAs in head and neck cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
DiscussionThere is a lack of highly sensitive and specific biomarkers for estimating the HNC patients ’ prognostic outcomes, particularly in post-treatment conditions. This systematic review will identify and validate specific miRNA as prognostic biomarkers by utilising a collection of previously published data on miRNA expression and survival. Highlighting these prognostic specific miRNAs will ha ve major clinical implications by allowing for better overall treatment strategies and patient survival estimates, by offering clinicians a method of quantitatively analysing prognosis via miRNA expression.Systematic review...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prediction of clinical outcomes in individuals with chronic low back pain: a protocol for a systematic review with meta-analysis
DiscussionWe consider that it is urgent to highlight the available evidence about CLBP prognosis. This systematic review will help identify multivariable models and individual predictors that may enhance pain management success. One potential limitation will be the difficulty of aggregating quantitative measures from several prognostic models and predictors, with different clinical outcomes.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017079233 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The HEART score in predicting major adverse cardiac events in patients presenting to the emergency department with possible acute coronary syndrome: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
DiscussionThis review will identify, select, and appraise studies evaluating the prognostic performance of the HEART score, producing results of interest to emergency physicians. These results may encourage shared clinical decision-making in the ED by facilitating risk communication with patients and health care providers.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO 2017CRD42017084400. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prognostic value of microRNAs in head and neck cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
DiscussionThere is a lack of highly sensitive and specific biomarkers for estimating the HNC patients ’ prognostic outcomes, particularly in post-treatment conditions. This systematic review will identify and validate specific miRNA as prognostic biomarkers by utilising a collection of previously published data on miRNA expression and survival. Highlighting these prognostic specific miRNAs will ha ve major clinical implications by allowing for better overall treatment strategies and patient survival estimates, by offering clinicians a method of quantitatively analysing prognosis via miRNA expression.Systematic review...
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prediction of clinical outcomes in individuals with chronic low back pain: a protocol for a systematic review with meta-analysis
DiscussionWe consider that it is urgent to highlight the available evidence about CLBP prognosis. This systematic review will help identify multivariable models and individual predictors that may enhance pain management success. One potential limitation will be the difficulty of aggregating quantitative measures from several prognostic models and predictors, with different clinical outcomes.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017079233 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Global, regional, and national prevalence of hepatitis B infection in the general and key populations living with HIV: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
DiscussionTo our knowledge, this is the first systematic review and meta-analysis protocol to report the prevalence of HBV in people living with HIV. We believe its outcomes will be of utility in providing insights on the characteristics of HBV epidemic in people living with HIV, and draw more attention of public health services to this association.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017073124 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - September 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

A review of recent publication trends from top publishing countries
ConclusionThe USA leads in all publication citations and specific publication types, except for meta-analysis where China publishes more. Collaborative publishing among international collaborators is also increasing. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - September 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Global, regional, and national prevalence of hepatitis B infection in the general and key populations living with HIV: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
DiscussionTo our knowledge, this is the first systematic review and meta-analysis protocol to report the prevalence of HBV in people living with HIV. We believe its outcomes will be of utility in providing insights on the characteristics of HBV epidemic in people living with HIV, and draw more attention of public health services to this association.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42017073124 (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - September 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

A review of recent publication trends from top publishing countries
ConclusionThe USA leads in all publication citations and specific publication types, except for meta-analysis where China publishes more. Collaborative publishing among international collaborators is also increasing. (Source: Systematic Reviews)
Source: Systematic Reviews - September 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research