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Paper: Research Abstract

Search Strategy Protocol Compliance and Reproducibility in Nursing Systematic Reviews

Monday, May 6
4:50 PM - 5:05 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Objectives : To find, review and analyze systematic reviews published in nursing journals via an in-depth literature review.
To determine if any of these reviews identified in the literature review follow protocol guidelines for reporting search strategies.
To rerun search strategies reported in nursing systematic reviews found in this study to ascertain if they are reproducible strategies.
Methods : Primary Research Question: Are nurse authors who are writing systematic reviews reporting search strategies as recommended by the PRISMA protocol or other systematic review guidelines? Methods: I am conducting an in-depth literature review of systematic reviews published in nursing journals, in four databases in the health sciences, including PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus and Embase.

Secondary Research Question: Are search strategies that have been documented reproducible? Methods: Post-literature review, I will analyze each of the systematic reviews found to determine if any of them include search strategy documentation in their methods sections, appendices or supplemental information. If I find that search strategy documentation has been reported, I will establish if the authors have reported their searches as suggested by the protocol guidelines they are following and if the search strategy is reproducible.

Results : I am currently conducting this study. My results will be available prior to the MLA 2019.
Conclusions : I am currently conducting this study. My conclusion will be available prior to the MLA 2019.
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Kerry Dhakal, MA

Assistant Professor/Research and Education Librarian
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

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