Reviews Needed

Systematic reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy

The methods and processes for systematically reviewing a diagnostic tests are new within Cochrane and are still being rolled out across the collaboration. The UGPD group is already supporting the development of several reviews of diagnostic tests and we are unable to take on any additional DTA topics at the moment.

Systematic reviews of Interventions

Due to capacity issues, we are accepting a very few number (<5) of new title registrations per year.  You are welcome to contact the group if you are interested in authoring a topic of your choice but please bear in mind we are only likely to accept topics which are clinically important and have not already been covered in another review.

However, there are some review titles we are actively seeking author teams for.  Experienced review teams are being sought for the following review titles. Please contact the group if you are interested in authoring one of the following topics.

    • H2RA therapy to prevent uncomplicated peptic ulcer disease
    • H2RA therapy to heal uncomplicated peptic ulcer disease
    • Iberogast (STW5) for functional dyspepsia
    • Radiologically placed gastrostomies versus nasogastric tube feeding for swallowing disturbances
    • Rigid versus flexible endoscopy for management of oesophageal food bolus obstruction

    The following titles are under consideration for registration by author teams

    • Gastric mucosal protective agents combined with Helicobacter pylori eradication regimens for  peptic ulcer disease.  We are seeking a review team with substantial experience in systematic review methods and clinical medicine as this topic is known to contain many studies with clinically irrelevant outcomes.  As many of the studies which will feed into this review are published in Chinese and Japanese, we are seeking author teams which include at least one review group author who can read each language. 
    • Pharmacological therapies to prevent ICU related upper GI bleeding 
    • PPI therapy to prevent uncomplicated peptic ulcer disease 
    • PPI therapy to heal uncomplicated peptic ulcer disease 

    Priority Topics

    As part of a priority setting exercise, the five following titles were identified as priority topics for the UGPD group:

    • Chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer (due to publish May 2017)
    • Comparison of different regimens of proton pump inhibitors for acute peptic ulcer bleeding
    • Initial management strategies for dyspepsia
    • Interventions for preventing upper gastrointestinal bleeding in people admitted to intensive care units
    • Proton pump inhibitor treatment for acute peptic ulcer bleeding
    • Proton pump inhibitors for functional dyspepsia (due to publish March 2017)

    The development of these reviews are already underway by author teams.