Strengthening health policy and systems research methodologies and promoting sound teaching of such methodologies

Searching databases for systematic reviews (SR) in Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR).

Performing comprehensive searches to obtain all available evidence is essential to avoid selection bias in systematic reviews. This bias overestimates effects, misleading decision-making process. Efforts displayed in searching for clinical effectiveness reviews have declined, not only because of the implied workload but also for alternative strategies developed to easily access randomized trials. In the field of HPSR, these trials are not the only source of evidence considered in reviews. Locating studies is difficult, and there is consensus about importance of searching in multiple databases.

There is lack of evidence regarding which, how and when this type of database is useful in the context of systematic reviews. This project is intended to address this knowledge gap and to teach these methodologies at different levels.

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