Hand searching

Scope: use to index papers providing explorations of the techniques and methods of handsearching and the value of handsearching for the HTA process

Appraisal of: "Booth A. Searching for qualitative research for inclusion in systematic reviews: a structured methodological review. Syst Rev, 5(1). doi:10.1186/s13643-016-0249-x"

Appraisal of: Hopewell S, Clarke M, Lefebvre C, Scherer R. Handsearching versus electronic searching to identify reports of randomized trials. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007; (2): MR000001.

Appraisal of: Glanville J, Cikalo M, Crawford F, Dozier M, McIntosh H. Handsearching did not yield additional unique FDG-PET diagnostic test accuracy studies compared with electronic searches: a preliminary investigation. Res Synth Methods. 2012; 3(3): 20

Appraisal of: Armstrong R, Jackson N, Doyle J, Waters E, Howes F. It's in your hands: the value of handsearching in conducting systematic reviews of public health interventions. J Public Health (Oxf). 2005; 27(4): 388-391.

Appraisal of: Mattioli S, Farioli A, Cooke RMT, Baldasseroni A, Ruotsalainen J, Placidi D, et al. Hidden effectiveness? Results of hand-searching Italian language journals for occupational health interventions. Occup Environ Med 2012;69(7):522-524.

Appraisal of: Chapman AL, Morgan LC, Gartlehner G. Semi-automating the manual literature search for systematic reviews increases efficiency. Health Info Libr J. 2009; 27(1):22-7.

Appraisal of: O'Leary N, Tiernan E, Walsh D, Lucey N, Kirkova J, Davis MP. The pitfalls of a systematic MEDLINE review in palliative medicine: symptom assessment instruments. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2007; 24(3): 181-184.

Appraisal of: Waffenschmidt S, Hausner E, Engel L, Volz F, Kaiser T. Benefit of searching different databases to identify health economic evaluations in German HTA-reports. Abstract presented at: Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) 7th Annua

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.

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