A Protocol is Required for HSLS SR Assistance
Why Does HSLS Require a Protocol?
The rigor and trustworthiness of a systematic review is based on the a priori planning and documentation provided by a protocol
Minimizes arbitrary or "on the fly" decision-making that might introduce bias into study selection or data extraction
Makes it easier and quicker to draft the final manuscript
Allows journal reviewers to assess the potential for selective reporting
PRISMA-P: Standards for a Well Designed Protocol
PRISMA for Systematic Review Protocols was published in 2015 to provide guidance on the development and reporting of protocols for systematic reviews
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What About Prospero?
Prospero is an open access repository for registering an intention to conduct a systematic review with health-related outcomes. When a "protocol" or record is submitted for registration in Prospero, the content is checked to ensure it makes sense, but there is no formal peer review or critical appraisal conducted. The content in Prospero records falls well short of the information required to meet PRISMA-P reporting standards.
- Booth A, Clarke M, Ghersi D, Moher D, Petticrew M, Stewart L: An international registry of systematic-review protocols. Lancet 2011,377(9760):108–109
Booth A, Mitchell AS, Mott A, James S, Cockayne S, Gascoyne S, McDaid C. An assessment of the extent to which the contents of PROSPERO records meet the systematic review protocol reporting items in PRISMA-P. F1000Res. 2020 Jul 27;9:773. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.25181.2.