BMJ Editorial: The automation of systematic reviews

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f139 (Published 10 January 2013)

  1. Guy Tsafnat, senior research fellow1,      Adam Dunn, research fellow1,
  2. Paul Glasziou, professor2,                          Enrico Coiera, professor1

An extract from BMJ Editorial Jan 2013 – “The Cochrane handbook stipulates that systematic reviews should be examined every two years and updated if needed,1 but time and resource constraints mean that this occurs for only a third of reviews.2 Indeed, it may take as much time to update a review as it did to produce the original review. If this effort were redirected at developing methods to automate reviews, then updating might one day become almost effortless, immediate, and universal.”

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