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Scheelbeek et al report on how focus group discussion in low-income settings can be improved and suggest the tailoring of the exercises, as well as thorough training and selection of the facilitators. The further mention that adequate piloting and adaptation are crucial to respond to various study settings.
Featured article: Epistemonikos: a comprehensive database of systematic reviews for health decision-making
In this Database article, Rada et al screened over 1,400,000 records and identified more than 300,000 systematic reviews relevant for health decision-making, which are now stored in a single place and accessible through an easy-to-use search engine, making Epistemonikos the largest database of its kind.
Featured article: An evaluation of DistillerSR’s machine learning-based prioritization tool for title/abstract screening – impact on reviewer-relevant outcomes
Hamel et al evaluated the performance of the prioritization simulation tool to determine the reduction in screening burden and time. A modified or stop screening approach appears to be a valid method for rapid reviews, but application in systematic and prospective reviews needs to be further evaluated.
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Call for Papers: Methodologies for COVID-19 research and data analysis
BMC Medical Research Methodology announces this upcoming collection focusing on methodological approaches to medical research and data analysis related to COVID-19. Find more information and explore recent publications here.Read More
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BMC Series Focus Issues
With the 28th of February marking World Rare Diseases day, the BMC Series this month looks at highlighting research on the Rare diseases that together affect around 10% of the population. Read the full collection of articles here.
With the 30th January marking World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) day, the BMC Series this month looks at highlighting research on the NTDs which threaten more than 1.7 billion people living in the poorest and most marginalized communities worldwide.