Recording and accounting for stakeholder involvement in systematic reviews

Marieke Saan, H.R. Boeije, Jane Sattoe, Marjolijn Bal, M.A. Missler, Floryt van Wesel

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Abstract

Objectives
The use of stakeholders in systematic reviews is increasingly valued, but their influence on the systematicity of the review is often unclear. The aim of this study was to describe some of the processes of involvement of stakeholders and to demonstrate a Tool for Recording and Accounting for Stakeholder Involvement (TRASI).
Methods
We demonstrate the TRASI in two worked examples. In one project, the reviewers collaborated with the end-user and an expert during the literature search. In the other project, experts were consulted to generate keywords before searching the literature.
Results
In the first project, disagreements about keywords to identify studies for the research topic were solved by informal discussion. In the second project, difficulties arose in reaching agreement between experts and reviewers about the core construct and the meaningful keywords associated with it.
Discussion
The TRASI aids researchers to systematically and transparently account for the decisions taken. The TRASI supports information specialists and librarians to shape the search strategy to match the objectives of the review.
Conclusions
We propose the TRASI as a first step in resolving the challenges of detecting and reconstructing stakeholder influences. Potential new applications of the TRASI are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-106
JournalHealth Information and Libraries Journal
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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