This study examined the quality of recent reviews in epidemiology.
All 1995 issues of 7 widely read epidemiology journals were searched to identify reviews.
Twenty-nine reviews were identified.
Methodology was not specified or incomplete for literature searches in 79% of reviews ; the same was true for inclusion criteria in 83% and for combining studies in 62%. More than 60% of the reviews were not methodologically systematic.
There is a need to improve the quality of review papers in epidemiology.
If systematic methodology were followed more frequently, epidemiologic science and its application could be improved.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Article synthèse, Qualité, Document publié, Littérature scientifique, Méthodologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Review, Quality, Published document, Scientific literature, Methodology
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0200914
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 11/09/1998.