HDE Tables: The Evolution of Hierarchical Data Extraction

By Joanna Lansche

During the data extraction stage of a systematic review, you’re typically dealing with one of two types of data: data that occurs only once in a study (such as the study type, size, and other characteristics), or data that repeats (such as the data collected at each time point for each...

Comparing Systematic Review Tools: Beware the Feature Matrix

By Peter O'Blenis

Whether you’re choosing your next car or replacing your worn out sneakers, it's generally a good idea to do your research before you pull out your wallet.

The same applies when looking for software to help with your systematic review process. The tools available in this space vary greatly and it...

5 Best Practices for Optimizing Your Systematic Reviews

By Peter O'Blenis

Systematic reviews are viewed as the gold standard for evidence-based research. Used in a wide variety of healthcare fields including health economics outcomes research (HEOR), regulatory compliance, guidelines development, and evidence-based medicine, they are also gaining traction as a policy...

State of the Art Literature Reviews: Why They Fail

By Susan Sykes

If you’re involved in the preparation of Clinical Evaluation Reports (CERs) for medical devices, you’re likely to find yourself doing a lot more literature reviews in the near future. Under the MEDDEV 2.7/1 rev 4 regulations that come into effect on May 26, 2020, literature reviews play an...

No Second Screener? There's A Robot For That

By Peter O'Blenis

Dual screening is a best practice for conducting systematic reviews, but there’s often not enough time or resources to have two people screen each reference. Good news: DistillerSR’s new automated screening tool, DistillerAI, can be used as the second screener. That’s right - you now have a...

5 Systematic Review Challenges For Guideline Development (And One Thing You Can Do To Solve Them)

By Susan Sykes

Systematic reviews play a pivotal role in the development of clinical practice guidelines. But with everything else that goes into the process, who has time to learn to use systematic review software? You’ve got to manage staff and volunteers, juggle deadlines, and make sure your guidelines are...

How To Train Your Robot: Best Practices For Automated Screening

By Peter O'Blenis

DistillerAI made its global debut on Feb 11, 2018 in the latest release of the DistillerSR systematic review software platform. Since then, researchers around the world have been testing it and applying it to their literature reviews. In the process, they’ve discovered a few best practices for...

Want MDR-Ready Literature Reviews? Start Here.

By Dr. Isabella Steffensen

Fun fact: did you know that the word “literature” appears approximately 30 times in MEDDEV 2.7/1 rev.4?

If you’re involved in the preparation of Clinical Evaluation Reports (CERs), you are likely beginning to realize the important role that literature reviews play in meeting the new EU...

Rise Of The Robots: 3 Ways To Leverage Artificial Intelligence In Systematic Reviews Today

By Peter O'Blenis

The buzz about artificial intelligence (AI) promises to be louder than ever in 2018. For the evidence-based research set, the potential of computer-based tools to automate screening and data extraction in systematic reviews has researchers excited about the possibilities - and maybe a little bit...

Your Review, Your Needs: Searching for Systematic Review Software

By Joanna Lansche

So, you’re looking for a systematic review or literature review software and have no idea where to start. Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

As a cursory Google search will reveal, there are options for you to choose from. But the trick, as with any purchase or investment, is to find the one...