Protocol-driven searches for medical and health-sciences systematic reviews

Bouamrane, M.-M., Macdonald, C. , Ounis, I. and Mair, F. (2011) Protocol-driven searches for medical and health-sciences systematic reviews. In: Amati, G. and Crestani, F. (eds.) Advances in Information Retrieval Theory. Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6931. Springer: Berlin, pp. 188-200. ISBN 9783642233180 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-23318-0_18)

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Abstract

Systematic reviews are instances of a critically important search task in medicine and health services research. Along with large and well conducted randomised control trials, they provide the highest levels of clinical evidence. We provide a brief overview of the methodologies used to conduct systematic reviews, and report on our recent experience of conducting a meta-review – i.e. a systematic review of reviews – of preoperative assessment. We discuss issues associated with the large manual effort currently necessary to conduct systematic reviews when using available search engines. We then suggest ways in which more dedicated and sophisticated information retrieval tools may enhance the efficiency of systematic searches and increase the recall of results. Finally, we discuss the development of tests collections for systematic reviews, to permit the development of enhanced search engines for this t

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macdonald, Dr Craig and Ounis, Professor Iadh and Mair, Professor Frances
Authors: Bouamrane, M.-M., Macdonald, C., Ounis, I., and Mair, F.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:9783642233180
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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