Increasing the Efficiency of Creating meta-reviews in Biomedical Research

Fellows: Kim de Bie, Nishant Kishore, Anthony Rentsch

Technical Mentor: Pablo Rosado

Project Manager: Andrea Sipka

Project Partner: Cochrane

Doctors face daily decisions about the best care for their patients, and their own clinical experience can be enhanced using evidence-based medicine, such as through clinical trial data. One of the most robust ways of synthesizing research evidence across healthcare trials is through a systematic review. Cochrane is a not-for-profit organization that creates, publishes and maintains systematic reviews of health care interventions.

Cochrane systematic reviews provide high-quality, relevant synthesized research evidence to decision-makers at the international, national and local level, to make sure citizens receive the medical and social care based on the best available evidence. While this is a rigorous approach, it can take up to three years to produce a major systematic review, which limits our ability to use up to date research to guide decision-making. The goal of this project is to build a system that identifies relevant studies prospectively.