About SuRe Info

Summarized Research in Information Retrieval for HTA (SuRe Info) is a section of the HTAi Vortal that provides research-based information relating to the information retrieval aspects of producing systematic reviews and health technology assessments. SuRe Info seeks to help information specialists to stay up-to-date in the latest developments in their field by providing easy access to current methods papers. It supports research-based information retrieval practice.

The SuRe Info project team is:

  • Julie Glanville, Independent Consultant in Information Retrieval, UK
  • Jaana Isojärvi, Independent information specialist, Finland
  • Mick Arber, York Health Economics Consortium, UK
  • Deirdre Beecher, Cochrane Central Executive/ Informatics & Technology Services (ITS), Italy
  • Andrew Booth, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Juliet Brown, NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland, UK
  • Dagmara Chojecki, IHE, Canada
  • Chris Cooper, Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, UK
  • Jeanette De Richemond, Mathematica Policy Research, USA 
  • Steven Duffy, Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd, UK
  • Su Golder, CRD, University of York, UK
  • Ingrid Harboe, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  • Elke Hausner, IQWiG, Germany
  • Caroline Higgins, HQO, Canada
  • Kristin Hitchcock, MPA Healthcare Solutions, USA
  • Corinne Holubowich, HQO, Canada
  • David Kaunelis, CADTH, Canada
  • Carol Lefebvre, Lefebvre Associates Ltd, UK
  • Sophie Robinson, University of Exeter, UK
  • Naomi Shaw, University of Exeter, UK
  • René Spijker, Cochrane Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • Lisa Tjosvold, IHE, Canada
  • Siw Waffenschmidt, IQWiG, Germany
  • Hannah Wood, York Health Economics Consortium, UK


Inclusion criteria

Information retrieval methods publications are identified by running topic-specific search strategies in selected relevant databases. Alerts are set up for the prospective identification of publications.

Research publications that fulfil the following criteria will be included in SuRe Info:

  • The research question is relevant to information retrieval for HTA and the SuRe Info chapter in which it is to be included.
  • The publication provides latest evidence on a specific methodological issue.
  • The publication includes research findings of a completed scientific study (including reviews, evidence syntheses and theses).
  • The publication describes the scientific methods used in the study.
  • The research findings are still valid, i.e. have not been overtaken by technological or database changes.
  • The conclusions are supported by the presented results and the results answer the research question.
  • The results of the publication are generalizable or usable to other HTA information specialists or transferable to other projects or studies.

Publications fulfilling the SuRe Info inclusion criteria receive a structured abstract along with a brief critical appraisal prepared by one SuRe Info information specialist and checked by another. The key messages from the appraisals are summarized into topic-specific chapters.

SuRe Info chapters will be updated twice a year, by the end of October and the end of March.

If you know about a recent information retrieval methods publication that fulfil our inclusion criteria, and is not already included in SuRe Info, please let us know.

Organisation of SuRe Info

SuRe Info has two sections:

  1. Information on general search methods common across all health technologies;
  2. Methods to use when searching for specific aspects of health technologies. With the exception of the chapters on Diagnostic accuracy and Qualitative research, this section is based on the domain structure of the HTA Core Model®, an on-going project to standardize the structure of HTA developed by EUnetHTA.

Description of the content

  • Within both sections there are chapters summarising the current research evidence.
  • Each chapter provides a concise summary of the current research findings concerning a particular information retrieval aspect.
  • The references listed at the end of each chapter are linked to structured appraisals of the included references, written by members of the SuRe Info project team. Links are provided to the full text of the publications, where available.