Journal article

Overview of systematic reviews in allergy epidemiology

J Genuneit, AM Seibold, CJ Apfelbacher, GN Konstantinou, JJ Koplin, S La Grutta, K Logan, MR Perkin, C Flohr

ALLERGY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a substantial body of evidence on the epidemiology of allergic conditions, which has advanced the understanding of these conditions. We aimed to systematically identify systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the epidemiology of allergic diseases to assess what has been studied comprehensively and what areas might benefit from further research. METHODS: We searched PubMed and EMBASE up to 12/2014 for systematic reviews on epidemiological research on allergic diseases. We indexed diseases and topics covered and extracted data on the search characteristics of each systematic review. RESULTS: The search resulted in 3991 entries after removing duplicates, plus 20 other items..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Elizabeth Stovold, Information Specialist from the Cochrane Airways Group (Population Health Research Institute, St George's, University of London, UK), for assistance in designing the search terms and for retrieving the search results from the databases. We also thank David Rothenbacher for his help in evaluating the search results and Raphael Peter, MSc, for his assistance in the creation of images with Gephi (both Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry, Ulm University, Germany). We thank the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) for their support of the Task Force 'Overview of Systematic Reviews in Allergy Epidemiology (OSRAE)' of the EAACI Interest Group on Epidemiology (Chair: Jon Genuneit, Secretary: Carsten Flohr).