4 Drivers for Successful Literature Reviews

4 Drivers for Successful Literature Reviews

Evidentiary requirements in support of market access and reimbursement span the entire drug development lifecycle. A critical evidence gathering approach includes one or more reviews of literature to leverage published data on epidemiological outcomes, effectiveness, safety, burden and cost of illness, and health care utilization and care processes. While the details and scope of literature reviews will most certainly vary, the following key considerations will drive success:

  1. Adherence to rigorous guidelines
    UBC employs a robust scientific approach to the search and review of medical literature. This includes following the Preferred Reporting items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. The PRISMA statement outlines an industry standard for systematic reviews.
     
  2. Experienced personnel
    In addition to our industry-recognized epidemiologists and scientists, UBC employs a dedicated Research Services Librarian to assist with the delineation and execution of the search strategy, article retrieval, and review. Our librarian is well versed in medical and health science information databases and literature search techniques, with more than 15 years of experience in librarianship and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree.
     
  3. Leveraging technology
    UBC’s patented web-based system, Inform-U, allows us to perform thorough literature reviews in a secure web-based interface. This software is fully parameterized in support of any literature review protocol and provides efficient and reliable abstract selection, data extraction and literature screening. Inform-U includes a detailed audit trail of all project actions, allowing for transparent and reproducible results
     
  4. A history of recognition
    UBC has a strong track record for producing literature reviews that are accepted for peer-review publication and presentation at top-tiered health science conferences.
  • Simpson KN, Hanson KA, Harding G, et al. Review of the impact of NNRTI-based HIV treatment regimens on patient-reported disease burden. AIDS Care. 2014;26(4):466-75.
  • Simpson KN, Hanson KA, Harding G, et al. Patient reported outcome instruments used in clinical trials of HIV-infected adults on NNRTI-based therapy: a 10-year review. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2013;11:164.
  • Kritikou P, Vemmos K, Krista Payne KA. Targeted Literature Review of Medication Event Monitoring Systems to Evaluate Adherence in Observational Real-World Studies, Accepted at ISPOR 17th Annual European Congress; 8-12 November 2014; Amsterdam
  • Kritikou P, Vemmos K, Krista Payne KA. In-patient hospital costs of stroke: a focused literature review. Accepted at ISPOR 17th Annual European Congress, November 8-12, 2014; Amsterdam
  • Payne KA, Huybrechts KF, Caro JJ, Craig TJ, Klittich WS. Long-term Cost-of-Illness in Stroke: An International Review. PharmacoEconomics 2002;20(12):813-825.

Our team of experts will be in attendance at this year's ISPOR EU conference. Stop by booth #1000 to find out how our team of researchers can develop data in support of health economics, burden of illness, and healthcare delivery process evaluations. Alternatively, we invite you to contact us online here.