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A process for prioritising systematic reviews in tinnitus

Sereda, Magdalena; McFerran, Don; Axon, Emma; Baguley, David M.; Hall, Deborah A.; Potgieter, Iskra; Cima, Rilana; Cox, Samantha; Hoare, Derek J.


Magdalena Sereda

Don McFerran

Emma Axon

David M. Baguley

Deborah A. Hall

Rilana Cima

Samantha Cox

Derek J. Hoare


© 2020 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. Objective: To develop an innovative prioritisation process to identify topics for new or updated systematic reviews of tinnitus research. Design: A two-stage prioritisation process was devised. First, a scoping review assessed the amount of randomized controlled trial-level evidence available. This enabled development of selection criteria for future reviews, aided the design of template protocol and suggested the scale of work that would be required to conduct these reviews. Second, using the pre-defined primary and secondary criteria, interventions were prioritised for systematic review. Study sample: Searches identified 1080 records. After removal of duplicates and out of scope works, 437 records remained for full data charting. Results: The process was tested, using subjective tinnitus as the clinical condition and using Cochrane as the systematic review platform. The criteria produced by this process identified three high priority reviews: (1) Sound therapy using amplification devices and/or sound generators; (2) Betahistine and (3) Cognitive behaviour therapy. Further secondary priorities were: (4) Gingko biloba, (5) Anxiolytics, (6) Hypnotics, (7) Antiepileptics and (8) Neuromodulation. Conclusions: A process was developed which successfully identified priority areas for Cochrane systematic reviews of interventions for subjective tinnitus. This technique could easily be transferred to other conditions and other types of systematic reviews.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 5, 2020
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-7
APA6 Citation Sereda, M., McFerran, D., Axon, E., Baguley, D. M., Hall, D. A., Potgieter, I., …Hoare, D. J. (2020). A process for prioritising systematic reviews in tinnitus. International Journal of Audiology, 1-7.
Keywords Speech and Hearing; Linguistics and Language; Language and Linguistics
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Audiology on 5 March 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/14992027.2020.1733677