Conference abstracts

Scope: use to index descriptions of this publication format, collections of conference abstracts, how to identify conference abstracts or investigations of the contribution of conference abstracts to HTA as a publication type

Appraisal of: Coyle KB, Trochlil K, Iversen P. MEDLINE and EMBASE for health economic literature reviews [abstract]. Value Health 2012;15(4):A162.

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Short description: 
The authors compared search results in MEDLINE and Embase for the indication chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) with regard to cost of illness (COI), burden of illness (BOI) and cost benefit analysis (CBA). MEDLINE retrieved a higher number of references for CBA, while Embase retrieved higher results in the areas of COI and BOI. Conference abstracts accounted for the higher Embase totals. The inclusion of conference abstracts in Embase support the practice of conducting economic literature reviews in both MEDLINE and Embase.
Limitations stated by the author(s): 
None stated - this is an abstract.
Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
Since the results were published only in abstract form, very limited information was presented on methods, results and conclusions. Specific search strategies were not provided, nor was it stated if the citations retrieved were evaluated for relevance. Only one subject area (COPD) was searched for citations published during 2010-11, resulting in low retrieval results. Differences in retrieval may therefore not have statistical significance or be generalizable to other topic areas.
Study Type: 
Single study
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Appraisal of: Golder S, Loke YK. The contribution of different information sources for adverse effects data. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2012;28(2):133-137.

Short description: 

Research has shown that MEDLINE might not be a comprehensive source on adverse effects information. The aim of this study was to evaluate the contribution of a variety of sources when searching for adverse effects data for a systematic review of thiazolidinedione-related fractures in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The results showed the potential value of searching a variety of sources for adverse effects data.

In this study, the minimum combination of sources required to identify all the relevant references was:

  • GlaxoSmithKline website,
  • Science Citation Index,
  • Embase,
  • BIOSIS Previews,
  • British Library Direct,
  • Medscape DrugInfo,
  • AHFS First (American Hospital Formulary Service),
  • Thomson Reuters Integrity,
  • Conference Papers Index,
  • Handsearching,
  • Reference checking.
Limitations stated by the author(s): 
The results were based on a single case study and are, not necessarily generalisable. It was also difficult to maintain consistency in search strategies when adapting them to different search interfaces and it was, therefore, difficult to make fair comparisons. It was also not possible to perform a cost analysis of searching each source due to different pricing mechanisms used by the database providers.
Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
No additional limitations detected by the reviewer.
Study Type: 
Single study
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