Informed Health Online: How our information is produced
It is especially important for evidence-based health information to be kept up-to-date. That is why regular updates are an important indicator of quality. Systematic reviews and safety warnings from drug regulation agencies like the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) that have been identified by using evidence scanning serve as an impulse for us to update our information. In doing this we work with different partners, for example the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination in England, and the Cochrane Collaboration. After that, the evidence is assessed. New research is carefully examined to produce a comprehensive overview of what is known and what is not. Also, when another provider of evidence-based information like guidelines updates, this may give us reason to update our texts as well.
All information that has not already been updated for one of the reasons stated above is usually edited to reflect the latest science within three years. In the IQWiG’s General Methods paper we describe our methods in detail. You can read this on the internet here.
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- Expanding knowledge: The starting point
- Evidence: The basis of our information
- Systematic search
- Evaluation of evidence
- Text production
- Quality assurance
- Involvement of stakeholders
- Literature on our methods