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Systematic reviews of complex multicomponent health care interventions / prepared for, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ; prepared by, Scientific Resource Center ; investigators, Jeanne-Marie Guise, Christine Chang, Meera Viswanathan, Susan Glick, Jonathan Treadwell, Craig A. Umscheid, Evelyn Whitlock, Rochelle Fu, Elise Berliner, Robin Paynter, Johanna Anderson, Pua Motu'apuaka, Tom Trikalinos.

Author/creator Guise, Jeanne-Marie author.
Other author/creatorUnited States. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, issuing body.
Other author/creatorScientific Resource Center (Portland, Or.), issuing body.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication Info Rockville, MD : Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2014.
Description1 online resource (1 PDF file (various pagings)).
Supplemental Content Direct link to resource
Subject(s)
Series Research white paper
Research white paper. ^A1330234
Summary OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report is to outline approaches to address the challenges of conducting systematic reviews of complex multicomponent health care interventions. METHODS: We performed a literature scan and conducted semi-structured interviews with international experts who conduct research or systematic reviews of complex multicomponent interventions, or organizational leaders who implement complex multicomponent interventions in health care. RESULTS: Challenges identified include: a lack of consistent terminology for such interventions (e.g., complex; multicomponent; multidimensional; multifactorial); a wide range of approaches used to frame the review, from grouping interventions by common features to using more theoretical approaches; decisions regarding whether and how to quantitatively analyze the interventions, from more holistic to individual component analytic approaches; and incomplete and inconsistent reporting in primary and secondary studies of those elements critical to understanding the success and impact of such interventions, such as the methods used to implement the intervention, and the context in which it is implemented. CONCLUSIONS: We provided a framework to understand the spectrum of conceptual and analytic approaches and an initial list of critical reporting elements for primary and secondary studies of multicomponent interventions. This information will help reviewers understand the options and tradeoffs available for such reviews.
General noteTitle from PDF title page.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references.
Funding informationPrepared for: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; www.ahrq.gov Contract No. 290-2012-00004-C. Prepared by: Scientific Resource Center, Portland, OR
Source of descriptionVersion viewed August 12, 2014.

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