Projects

Systematic reviewing

Across HSCI there is a strong research interest in systematic reviewing. This encompasses a large cross disciplinary and collaborative work programme, resulting in numerous high profile publications.*

Systematic reviewing

Several staff are involved with reviews for NICE, Cochrane, HTA and the Joanna Briggs Institute. Dr Helen Handoll is the co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Review Group, of which Dr Nigel Hanchard is a methodological editor.

Helen has published numerous Cochrane reviews including, with Nigel, a pilot diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) review for the Cochrane Collaboration. Nigel is part of an international team completing another DTA Cochrane review, and leads a team updating a Cochrane review on non-operative treatments for dislocated shoulder.

Nigel also has a keen interest in the management of frozen shoulder, producing evidence-based clinical guidelines and an HTA review [link to Nigel’s IMPACT project section].

Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov co-authored, and is involved in updating, two Cochrane reviews as part of an international team: one on the effects of braces for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis and one on the effects of exercise for this patient group. She also leads an ongoing Cochrane review comparing surgical versus non-surgical interventions for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis (spinal deformities of unknown cause). This should help teenagers and their parents decide whether to opt for extensive surgery.

Dr Louisa Ells is leading the update to the Cochrane Childhood obesity treatment review, in collaboration with Professor Greg Atkinson who has extensive methodological expertise in meta-analysis. Greg and Louisa are also working with Liane Azevedo on a systematic review examining the impact of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviours in children, and Louisa is working with the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, to update a review of online interventions for the management of obesity.

Professor Janet Shucksmith and Susan Jones have published a review for NICE on the mental wellbeing of children in primary education. Dr Sharon Hamilton and Susan Jones have published a review to identify nursing interventions for improving nutritional status of stroke patients, with a colleague at University Technology Sydney and are about to work on a review with colleagues from the Joanna Briggs Institute.

*List of systematic review publications.