Developing a framework for creating distributed systematic reviews

Just heard from the organizers of the Medicine 2.0 meeting in
Maastricht about acceptance of a presentation I proposed, titled
“Development of a Framework to Rapidly
Conduct Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses Using the Web 2.0 Social
Media and Visualization Tools” has been selected for presentation at
Medicine 2.0:
Social Media and Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Research
in Maastricht, Netherlands, later this year.

The idea of this presentation is essentially to create a framework
with the current availability of web based social media and online
participants to create and distribute systematic reviews and meta
analyses. A scenario might be that someone writes a clinical question
requiring review on a prototype website, and connected professionals
take up the question, reframe, search, retrieve, and analyze and
within a reasonable period of time, the clinician gets responses to
his or her query. This is a scenario of “just-in-time” clinical
response. I think this can not only enhance clinical practice but
additionally, enhance the scope of future systematic reviews and turn
around time. The problem at present is the length of time it takes for
a review to be developed, and I think part of that is because of the
linear processes of framing questions, searching the literature,
retrieval, and appraisal involved, in addition to summarizing and
dissemination. In essence, the process can be sped up if the questions
are reframed by several people using modified delphi approach, the
search results are sourced (the original documents) are sourced from
diverse libraries (print, scanned, and web versions), and using web
based statistical data analysis and web 2.0 tools, if it were possible
to develop rapidly a repository of studies (even referring to studies
in Cochrane database and updating them real time) and short review
that appear real time or better yet, just in time. The frameworks and
tools (ie think of Sciplore mindmapping for mind mapping and
visualization and Mendeley to archive references) are already present
at this time (think of Aardvark as an overarching framework for
general queries), but there needs to be a rapid deployment of specific

I plan to write more on this. Perhaps a good idea would be a real live
demonstration of the process at Maastricht if that were possible. If
any of you who may read this blog are interested to work with me on
this, please let me know.


As you know, this 2-day conference starts on 2010-11-29, so
please block your calendar and start making travel arrangements (at this
point in time we are unable to say on what day/time your presentation will
be scheduled. The final, detailed schedule will only be available in

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