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Systematic review automation technologies

Overview of attention for article published in Systematic Reviews, July 2014
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Systematic review automation technologies
Published in
Systematic Reviews, July 2014
DOI 10.1186/2046-4053-3-74
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Guy Tsafnat, Paul Glasziou, Miew Keen Choong, Adam Dunn, Filippo Galgani, Enrico Coiera


Systematic reviews, a cornerstone of evidence-based medicine, are not produced quickly enough to support clinical practice. The cost of production, availability of the requisite expertise and timeliness are often quoted as major contributors for the delay. This detailed survey of the state of the art of information systems designed to support or automate individual tasks in the systematic review, and in particular systematic reviews of randomized controlled clinical trials, reveals trends that see the convergence of several parallel research projects.We surveyed literature describing informatics systems that support or automate the processes of systematic review or each of the tasks of the systematic review. Several projects focus on automating, simplifying and/or streamlining specific tasks of the systematic review. Some tasks are already fully automated while others are still largely manual. In this review, we describe each task and the effect that its automation would have on the entire systematic review process, summarize the existing information system support for each task, and highlight where further research is needed for realizing automation for the task. Integration of the systems that automate systematic review tasks may lead to a revised systematic review workflow. We envisage the optimized workflow will lead to system in which each systematic review is described as a computer program that automatically retrieves relevant trials, appraises them, extracts and synthesizes data, evaluates the risk of bias, performs meta-analysis calculations, and produces a report in real time.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 8 2%
United States 4 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 4 <1%
Unknown 387 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 81 20%
Student > Master 80 19%
Researcher 57 14%
Student > Bachelor 29 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 29 7%
Other 90 22%
Unknown 46 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Computer Science 86 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 81 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 29 7%
Engineering 19 5%
Social Sciences 18 4%
Other 104 25%
Unknown 75 18%

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