A scoping review of rapid review methods
BMC Medicine 2015, 13:224 (16 September 2015)
In a scoping review analysis, rapid reviews are highly heterogeneous in their approach and quality of reporting, suggesting further studies are required to compare the results between rapid and systematic reviews.
E-cigarettes: methodological and ideological issues and research priorities
BMC Medicine 2015, 13:32 (16 February 2015)
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Jean-François Etter discusses the research priorities for understanding the benefits and harms of electronic cigarettes, highlighting that independent research is necessary to provide evidence-based guidance on their safety and avoid excessive regulation.
Is network meta-analysis as valid as standard pairwise meta-analysis? It all depends on the distribution of effect modifiers
BMC Medicine 2013, 11:159 (4 July 2013)
Jansen and Naci discuss the use of network meta-analyses (used for multiple treatment comparisons) and conclude that validity is comparable to standard pairwise meta-analyses if there are no imbalances in the distribution of effect modifiers.