Indian Journal of Urology
REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 224--233

Evaluating systematic reviews in urology: A practical guide


Prathap Tharyan 
 Department of Psychiatry, South Asian Cochrane Network, Prof. BV Moses Centre for Clinical Trials and Evidence-Based Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 002, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Prathap Tharyan
South Asian Cochrane Network, Prof. BV Moses Centre for Clinical Trials and Evidence-Based Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632 002, Tamil Nadu
India

Systematic reviews of good quality randomized controlled trials that have little heterogeneity (variability) are considered to provide the best source of evidence for the efficacy of interventions in healthcare. With the recent national provision for access to The Cochrane Library to all residents in India, urologists and other clinicians now have access to this reliable source of regularly updated systematic reviews. This article uses six systematic reviews relevant to urologists from The Cochrane Library produced by different collaborative review groups in The Cochrane Collaboration to illustrate the methods used to minimize bias, improve transparency and provide reliable estimates of treatment effects. Issues in evaluating results, especially when subsequent trials produce discrepant results, are discussed.


How to cite this article:
Tharyan P. Evaluating systematic reviews in urology: A practical guide.Indian J Urol 2007;23:224-233


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Tharyan P. Evaluating systematic reviews in urology: A practical guide. Indian J Urol [serial online] 2007 [cited 2022 Nov 27 ];23:224-233
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