Appraisal of: McGowan J, Sampson M, Salzwedel DM, Cogo E, Foerster V, Lefebvre C. PRESS – Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies: 2015 Guideline Explanation and Elaboration (PRESS E&E). Ottawa: CADTH; 2016 Jan.

Short description: 

This guideline updates and expands upon the 2008 CADTH report PRESS: Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies (2) and the associated Journal of Clinical Epidemiology article in 2009 (3), as well as the Evidence Based Checklist for the Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies (PRESS EBC), published in the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice journal in 2010 (4).  A systematic review was conducted, along with a web-based survey and consensus forum meeting, to guide peer review of electronic search strategies in order to consolidate and update the original PRESS Evidence Based Checklist.

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

The systematic review searches for the update were focused on the health science databases only. Grading of strength of recommendations was not done. Piloting of the revised PRESS Guideline was undertaken by only one agency (CADTH).

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
No additional limitations detected by the reviewers.
Study Type: 
Single study