Reporting and Handling of Missing Participant Data in Systematic Reviews of Kidney Transplant Studies

Ref ID 826
First Author P. Budhiraja
Year Of Publishing 2021
Keywords Cochrane
Missing data
Non-Cochrane reviews
Problem(s) Failure to address missing outcome data in analyses
Cochrane reviews more rigorous/higher quality than non-Cochrane reviews
Number of systematic reviews included 83
Summary of Findings From 17 Cochrane and 66 non-Cochrane systematic reviews of kidney transplant studies, the majority of systematic reviews did not quantify (90% [n = 60] non-Cochrane and 29% [n = 5] Cochrane) or include the reasons for missing participant data (88% [n = 58] non-Cochrane and 24% [n = 4] Cochrane). Eleven percent (n = 9) handled missing participant data, 5% (n = 4) justified the analytical method(s) used to handle it, and 2% (n = 2) performed a sensitivity analysis for it.
Did the article find that the problem(s) led to qualitative changes in interpretation of the results? Not Applicable
Are the methods of the article described in enough detail to replicate the study? Yes