Meningioma systematic reviews and meta-analyses: an assessment of reporting and methodological quality

George, Alan M, Gupta, Shubhi, Keshwara, Sumirat M, Mustafa, Mohammad A, Gillespie, Conor S, Richardson, George E, Steele, Amy C, Najafabadi, Amir H Zamanipoor, Dirven, Linda, Marson, Anthony G ORCID: 0000-0002-6861-8806
et al (show 3 more authors) (2022) Meningioma systematic reviews and meta-analyses: an assessment of reporting and methodological quality. BRITISH JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, 36 (6). pp. 678-685.

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<h4>Introduction</h4>Systematic reviews (SR) and systematic reviews with meta-analysis (SRMA) can constitute the highest level of research evidence. Such evidence syntheses are relied upon heavily to inform the clinical knowledge base and to guide clinical practice for meningioma. This review evaluates the reporting and methodological quality of published meningioma evidence syntheses to date.<h4>Methods</h4>Eight electronic databases/registries were searched to identify eligible meningioma SRs with and without meta-analysis published between January 1990 and December 2020. Articles concerning spinal meningioma were excluded. Reporting and methodological quality were assessed against the following tools: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA), A MeaSurement Tool to Assess systematic Reviews (AMSTAR 2), and Risk Of Bias in Systematic reviews (ROBIS).<h4>Results</h4>116 SRs were identified, of which 57 were SRMAs (49.1%). The mean PRISMA score for SRMA was 20.9 out of 27 (SD 3.9, 77.0% PRISMA adherence) and for SR without meta-analysis was 13.8 out of 22 (SD 3.4, 63% PRISMA adherence). Thirty-eight studies (32.8%) achieved greater than 80% adherence to PRISMA. Methodological quality assessment against AMSTAR 2 revealed that 110 (94.8%) studies were of critically low quality. Only 21 studies (18.1%) were judged to have a low risk of bias against ROBIS.<h4>Conclusion</h4>The reporting and methodological quality of meningioma evidence syntheses was poor. Established guidelines and critical appraisal tools may be used as an adjunct to aid methodological conduct and reporting of such reviews, in order to improve the validity and transparency of research which may influence clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meningioma, systematic review, PRISMA, AMSTAR 2, ROBIS
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2022 10:34
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2023 12:12
DOI: 10.1080/02688697.2022.2115008
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