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In our introductory editorial this month, Editor in Chief Edoardo Aromataris outlines a conundrum that systematic reviewers occasionally encounter: How should authors address the inclusion of their own work in their systematic review? Some essential steps in the systematic review process require subjective decisions, and it is imperative that authors declare how they will mitigate potential conflict of interest if they find their own work is eligible for inclusion. We encourage everyone to read this important piece to avoid risk of author bias in your review.
Also in this issue, we present four evidence syntheses that include qualitative, scoping, and umbrella review methodologies. The first qualitative review explored the experiences of people with progressive memory disorder who participate in non-pharmacological interventions. The second qualitative review examined the experiences of parents in Middle Eastern countries regarding the prevention of second-hand smoke exposure. An umbrella review provides an overview of technologies for facilitating remote rehabilitation of adults with deconditioning, musculoskeletal, conditions, stroke, or traumatic brain injury. Finally, a scoping review identified the available research on the family support role in hospital rapid response teams.
We invite you to read the full table of contents for this issue.
Mara Lambert, BA