This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme (project number 05/52/01) and was published in full in Health Technology Assessment 2009; Vol.13: No.59

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Box 9 below provides links to useful resources to help in assessing the reliability of effectiveness data and information and links to some specific papers that may be of interest. The user may wish to consult any or all of these resources to aid in the adaptation of effectiveness data and information.

Box 9: Resources for the adaptation of effectiveness data and information

A study to assess the validity of an index of the scientific quality of research overviews, the Overview Quality Assessment Questionnaire (OQAQ).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=retrieve&db=pubmed&list_uids=1834807&dopt=abstract

link last checked: 09/2011

How to use an overview, Centre for Health Evidence

http://www.cche.net/text/usersguides/overview.asp

link last checked: 09/2011

How to use a systematic review about therapy

http://www.ebm.med.ualberta.ca/SystematicReview.html

link last checked: 09/2011

Critical appraisal worksheet for therapy

http://www.cebm.net/index.aspx?o=1157

link last checked: 09/2011

Description of “critical appraisal” , Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare

http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/painres/download/whatis/What_is_critical_appraisal.pdf

link last checked: 09/2011

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official document which describes in detail the process of creating Cochrane systematic reviews.

http://www.cochrane.org/resources/handbook/

link last checked: 09/2011

The aim of the PRISMA Statement is to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

http://www.prisma-statement.org/

link last checked: 09/2011

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report into identifying methods to rate the strength of the scientific evidence underlying health care practice and recommendations in the research literature and technology assessments.

http://archive.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/strenfact.htm

link last checked: 09/2011

Descriptive method guidelines to help reviewers design, conduct, and report reviews of trials in the field of back and neck pain, Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=12811274&dopt=Abstract

link last checked: 09/2011

Paper: “The need for caution in interpreting high quality systematic reviews”

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7314/681

link last checked: 09/2011