Methodological Quality of Systematic Reviews on Bodyweight Management Strategies for Children and Adolescents

Ref ID 872
First Author R.S. Ho
Year Of Publishing 2023
Keywords Protocols
General medical
Low reporting quality
Problem(s) Reasons for excluding potentially eligible studies not provided
Insufficient literature searches
Undocumented or unjustified deviations to the review protocol
Number of systematic reviews included 88
Summary of Findings From 88 included systematic reviews on bodyweight management strategies for children and adolescents indexed across Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and SPORTDiscus from inception to December 2020. The median of the total AMSTAR score was 6 out of 16, with a range from 1 to 14. Three critical domain-specific items of AMSTAR 2 among the included SRs showed unsatisfactory results including: justifying deviation from their SR protocols (75%), using comprehensive literature search strategies (68.2%) and giving details of both included and excluded studies (86.4%).
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