Information sources for obesity prevention policy research: a review of systematic reviews.

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obesity 49 Title: Systematic ReviewsInformation sources for obesity prevention policy research: a review of systematic reviewsRosie HannekeSabrina K. YoungPublication date
obesity 433 time-consuming and challenging. This study examines three questions pertaining to systematic reviews on obesity prevention policy, in order to identify the most efficient search methods: (1) What percentage of the
obesity 953 databases searched consistently across systematic reviews?MethodsWe identified systematic reviews on obesity prevention policy and explored their search methods and citations. We determined the percentage of scholarly
obesity 2791 supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.BackgroundPublished systematic reviews on obesity prevention policy synthesize evidence from a diverse collection of resources, including scholarly and
obesity 3776 reviews to inform policymaking.The present study is the first to assess citation patterns of reviews on obesity prevention policies—a topic growing in relevance as growing obesity levels in the USA [[4], [5]] become
obesity 3846 citation patterns of reviews on obesity prevention policies—a topic growing in relevance as growing obesity levels in the USA [[4], [5]] become a national concern. Previous studies from the UK that have analyzed
obesity 4339 Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Guidance. The three reviews focused on obesity , spatial planning, and tuberculosis. In addition to their MEDLINE analysis, the authors also found that
obesity 7098 terms and keywords representing the two conceptual domains of policy (policy, legislation, etc.) and obesity prevention (obes*, physical activity, etc.), combined with keywords designed to identify systematic
obesity 7596 following criteria were required: English language systematic review evaluating the effectiveness of an obesity prevention policy or set of policies, including or exclusively focusing on US-based policy. Obesity
obesity 8066 enforceable and therefore relevant for a variety of researchers with an interest in policy. Examples of obesity prevention policies include sugar-sweetened beverage taxes (often termed “soda taxes”), school food
obesity 8349 space for all types of users (including cyclists and pedestrians) on the road. Systematic reviews on obesity prevention interventions—such as specific physical education teaching strategies—were not included.We
obesity 21536 indicate that PubMed is the most fruitful source of scholarly literature relevant to systematic reviews of obesity prevention policy. The databases that index the greatest number of relevant articles not included in
obesity 26747 time-consuming. By focusing on just a few journals that have been identified as rich sources of literature on obesity prevention policy, review authors can include handsearching in their review in a way that is helpful
obesity 28148 of several resources to include.LimitationsThese conclusions are applicable to systematic reviews of obesity prevention policy and are not necessarily generalizable to other health policy or public health topics.
obesity 28983 syntheses, such as Epistemonikos, Trip, and Health Evidence. There may be additional systematic reviews of obesity prevention policy that we did not identify, either in these resources or elsewhere.The data collected
obesity 32310 that nothing was missed in PubMed.Finally, while all systematic reviews addressed policies related to obesity prevention, they were nevertheless a heterogeneous collection, including topics from transportation
obesity 32765 apples-to-apples comparison.ConclusionsAs hypothesized, most studies cited in systematic reviews of obesity prevention policy come from scholarly journals and are indexed in PubMed. However, searching PubMed
obesity 33097 insufficient as a stand-alone source. Therefore, when conducting a systematic review of the literature in obesity prevention policy, an approach that includes a highly sensitive search of PubMed and a small number
obesity 35141 elsewhere [[44]].Additional filesAdditional file 1:Search strategy to identify systematic reviews in obesity prevention policy. This file contains the search terms used by the authors to search the databases PubMed,

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