There is a really important step in producing evidence based summaries which is not often discussed. This is the part of the process that takes place between the development of a 3PQ and the final inclusion criteria.
As you move from search to critical appraisal, data extraction and translation there is a process where you will have to choose which papers to include and why. In this short video I will take you through the three elements of this process so that you can defend and explain the rationale for including and excluding papers.
The three elements are
- Relevance -Does this paper answer the 3PQ?
- Quantity – Is this a manageable number of papers?
- Quality – How do we really assess quality
- Study design
- Critical Appraisal
- Objective scoring/ranking systems.
Use this information to reach the Goldilocks moment of EBM…., the ‘right’ number of papers.