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Pulling together expertise in information science, medicine, epidemiology, research methodology, statistics, and technical writing, SRS is a one-stop shop for efficient delivery of various hign quality meta-research products:

Scoping review: involves exploratory research that aims to identify conceptual themes, knowledge gaps, and the available literature for a given topic. It is common for a scoping review to be conducted as a hypothesis generating study before conducting research (e.g. trials, systematic reviews, etc.). The same rigorous methodology is applied in this process as would in a full systematic review; however, formal critical appraisal of included evidence is not performed and data extraction is limited.

Rapid review: often viewed as an accelerated systematic review and increasingly undertaken to inform decisions when time is a major limiting factor. A rapid review should generally adhere to the same rigorous methodology as a systematic review. Any expeditious process modification should be free of obvious bias. Reviews can be conducted rapidly by increasing financial and human resources, and by streamlining the review, peer review, and decision-making process. Further, rapid reviews tend to be limited in research questions, have more focused priority PICOs, and address topics for which the evidence-base is known to not be too extensive.

Evidence mapping: the distinction between an evidence map and a scoping review is less clear. Both lack universally accepted standards, but also adhere to the rigorous systematic review process of searching and screening studies. An evidence map presents the distribution of existing literature into specific categories and themes, and aids in identifying research gaps. One commonly observed distinction between a scoping review and an evidence map is that the latter is styled less as a narrative summary and more as a visual user-friendly database of relevant evidence.

Systematic Review: originates from a clearly formulated focused clinical question(s) and pre-specified PICOs. Existing research evidence is systematically and comprehensively searched, screened against clearly reported eligibility criteria, and data is extracted and synthesised with a view to minimizing bias. Findings are reported as qualitative or quantitative summaries (see meta-analysis below). Our expertise covers all types of systematic reviews – therapeutic interventional, diagnostic, and prognostic reviews.

Meta-analysis: we have expertise in undertaking pair-wise meta-analyses, network meta-analysis, meta regression and other common statistical analyses.

Health Technology Appraisal (HTA): a multi-disciplinary process that evaluates the efficiency, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions, and their ethical, social and legal implications, in a transparent and systematic manner.

Medical writing: involves writing a variety of different types of scientific documents for a diverse range of purposes, including, funding proposals, research reports, journal manuscripts and so on. SRS medical writers can provide technical writing and editorial services for your research products (e.g. manuscript for publication, plain language lay versions of reports, research grants, etc.)

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