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Featured article: Improving the use of focus group discussions in low income settings

Scheelbeek et al report on how focus group discussion in low-income settings can be improved and suggest the tailoring of the exercises, as well as thorough training and selection of the facilitators. The further mention that adequate piloting and adaptation are crucial to respond to various study settings.

Featured article: Epistemonikos: a comprehensive database of systematic reviews for health decision-making

In this Database article, Rada et al screened over 1,400,000 records and identified more than 300,000 systematic reviews relevant for health decision-making, which are now stored in a single place and accessible through an easy-to-use search engine, making Epistemonikos the largest database of its kind.

Featured article: An evaluation of DistillerSR’s machine learning-based prioritization tool for title/abstract screening – impact on reviewer-relevant outcomes

Hamel et al evaluated the performance of the prioritization simulation tool to determine the reduction in screening burden and time. A modified or stop screening approach appears to be a valid method for rapid reviews, but application in systematic and prospective reviews needs to be further evaluated.


  1. Authors: Lehana Thabane, Jinhui Ma, Rong Chu, Ji Cheng, Afisi Ismaila, Lorena P Rios, Reid Robson, Marroon Thabane, Lora Giangregorio and Charles H Goldsmith

    Content type: Commentary

  2. Authors: Sarah Crowe, Kathrin Cresswell, Ann Robertson, Guro Huby, Anthony Avery and Aziz Sheikh

    Content type: Commentary

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BMC Medical Research Methodology is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in methodological approaches to healthcare research. Articles on the methodology of epidemiological research, clinical trials and meta-analysis/systematic review are particularly encouraged, as are empirical studies of the associations between choice of methodology and study outcomes. BMC Medical Research Methodology does not aim to publish articles describing scientific methods or techniques: these should be directed to the BMC journal covering the relevant biomedical subject area.

Call for Papers: Methodologies for COVID-19 research and data analysis

BMC Medical Research Methodology announces this upcoming collection focusing on methodological approaches to medical research and data analysis related to COVID-19. Find more information and explore recent publications here.

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February: Neglected Tropical Diseases

With the 30th January marking World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) day, the BMC Series this month looks at highlighting research on the NTDs which threaten more than 1.7 billion people living in the poorest and most marginalized communities worldwide.

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