Appraisal of: "Briscoe S. Web searching for systematic reviews: a case study of reporting standards in the UK Health Technology Assessment programme. BMC Res Notes. 2015;8:153-."
Briscoe S. Web searching for systematic reviews: a case study of reporting standards in the UK Health Technology Assessment programme. BMC Res Notes. 2015;8:153-
The aim of this paper was to assess the reporting of searching the web for systematic reviews conducted by the UK HTA programme by identifying and examining HTA reports from 2004-2013. The study makes recommendations about reporting this type of searching to ensure transparency and reproducibility. Findings indicate that in the majority of cases, only the names of web sites or search engines are listed. Recommendations are made for including the dates searched, URL, search terms and the search results.
Limitations stated by the author(s):
The web searching assessed was likely to have been only a peripheral part of an already supplemental search.
Limitations stated by the reviewer(s):
No additional limitations detected by the reviewers.
Documenting and reporting the search process