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Tracey Koehlmoos, adjunct professor at George Mason University, Washington DC, and adjunct scientist at ICDDR,B blogs on sessions at the Dhaka Colloquium on Systematic Reviews.

"...Perhaps the most controversial session that I have attended so far was provocatively named “Rapid reviews: opportunity or oxymoron?” 3ie deputy director, Phil Davies presented on “rapid evidence assessment” and their place in the pantheon of evidence synthesis efforts aimed at informing policy making. Serious questions remain about rapid reviews being biased compared to systematic reviews—and how the process would even allow the developers of these reviews to recognize any biases. However, Davies pointed out that “all evidence is probabilistic.” ..."

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Published on: 13 December 2012

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