Good suggestion. And related to that is the review she has done on
diffusion of innovations which is available as a Blackwell's book
"Diffusion of Innovations In Health Service Organisations: A
systematic literature review"
At 06/03/2006, Reinhard Wentz wrote:
>(With thanks to Paul Glasziou for getting this ball rolling again):
>Must be a contender, if only for its integration of the 'snowballing'
>process into the search process:
>Greenhalgh T, Peacock R. Effectiveness and efficiency of search methods
>in systematic reviews of complex evidence: audit of primary sources BMJ,
>Nov 2005; 331: 1064 - 1065.
>Abstract: Objective: To describe where papers come from in a systematic
>review of complex evidence. Method: Audit of how the 495 primary sources
>for the review were originally identified. Results: Only 30% of sources
>were obtained from the protocol defined at the outset of the study (that
>is, from the database and hand searches). Fifty one per cent were
>identified by "snowballing" (such as pursuing references of references),
>and 24% by personal knowledge or personal contacts.
>Conclusion: Systematic reviews of complex evidence cannot rely solely on
>protocol-driven search strategies.
>Reinhard Wentz, Dipl. Bibl.
>33, Gladstone Avenue
>Twickenham TW2 7PS
Department of Primary Health Care &
Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Oxford