Date Published: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: The implications for PLoS Medicine and other journals of new research, published in this issue, showing that there are major variations in the reporting quality of systematic reviews.
Partial Text: The past decade has seen the establishment of the systematic review (SR) as one of the cornerstones of evidence-based medicine. The value of SRs to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers is well established; when done well, they are considered the highest level of evidence for medical decision making. Potentially, they are also a resource for patients seeking to make sense of the relative value of different treatments.