- Search for Research Summaries, Reviews, and Reports
- EPC Project
- Finding Evidence on Ongoing Studies
Future Research Needs – Methods Research Series
- Frameworks for Determining Research Gaps During Systematic Reviews
- Engaging Stakeholders To Identify and Prioritize Future Research Needs
- Defining an Optimal Format for Presenting Research Needs
- Assessing the Impact of AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Reports on Future Research
- Minimal Modeling Approaches to Value of Information Analysis for Health Research
- Evaluating the Potential Use of Modeling and Value-of-Information Analysis for Future Research Prioritization Within the Evidence-based Practice Center Program
- Framework for Considering Study Designs for Future Research Needs
- Prioritization Criteria Methodology for Future Research Needs Proposals Within the Effective Health Care Program
- Presentation of Future Research Needs
Future Research Needs Projects
Research Report - Final – Dec. 23, 2010
Finding Evidence on Ongoing Studies
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Comparative effectiveness reviews synthesize evidence to inform questions about healthcare topics, but the evidence is not always sufficient to completely answer those questions. Therefore systematic reviews and specifically Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) reports may identify research gaps and make recommendations for future research to address these unanswered questions. One useful adjunct to these recommendations is an analysis of the research that is currently in the pipeline. This additional information can be used to prioritize the research gaps in the report. Identified research gaps on topics for which several large studies are underway can be described as a lower priority future research need. Identified research gaps on topics with few studies underway may rise as priorities for future research. Prioritizing the research gaps this way can also guide funding agencies in decisions about which topics may need additional research funding. The information provided about ongoing studies can provide indications about when to update reviews.
This project assessed this potential adjunct of reviewing ongoing studies when addressing future research needs through two aims. First sources of information that can be used to identify ongoing studies relevant to the research gaps were analyzed. Second, we evaluated the value that could be added by utilizing these sources in refining the research recommendation section of an EPC report. The second aim was to determine if there are characteristics of ongoing studies that can be used to predict which studies will be completed as planned and published in a timely manner.