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Assessing the reporting quality of systematic reviews of observational studies in preeclampsia

  • Ioannis Tsakiridis
  • Alexandra Arvanitaki
  • Elias Zintzaras
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Abstract

Purpose

The majority of epidemiological studies in preeclampsia are observational and the overview of these studies is expressed by systematic reviews (SRs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the reporting quality of published SRs of observational studies (OS) in preeclampsia based on Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) statement.

Methods

PubMed and Cochrane databases were searched for SRs of OS in preeclampsia published from 1st January 2011 through 10th December 2017. The SRs were evaluated for their reporting quality according to the MOOSE statement, an evidence-based tool which consists of a checklist of 35 items, overall and according to the ranking of journals.

Results

The search identified 93 eligible SRs. Six items were reported in all the studies. Ninety percent (90%) and 70% of the studies complied with 13 (37%) and 20 (57%) items of MOOSE, respectively. Two items concerning search strategy were under-reported (< 10% of studies). High-ranked journals (impact factor ≥ 5) presented a better reporting quality (p < 0.05) of the MOOSE items, while no significant differences were identified in individual items.

Conclusions

The quality of reporting of SRs for OS in preeclampsia was considered satisfactory; though, ranking of journals may have an effect in reporting. Further improvement of reporting is necessary to enhance the validity of SRs.

Keywords

MOOSE Systematic reviews Observational studies Reporting quality Preeclampsia 

Notes

Author contribution

All the authors contributed equally to this work.

Funding

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of BiomathematicsUniversity of Thessaly School of MedicineLarissaGreece
  2. 2.Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical CenterTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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