[abstract] THE DATABASE OF RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS IN HYPERBARIC MEDICINE (DORCTIHM)

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[abstract] THE DATABASE OF RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS IN HYPERBARIC MEDICINE (DORCTIHM)

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Title: [abstract] THE DATABASE OF RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS IN HYPERBARIC MEDICINE (DORCTIHM)
Author: Bennett, MH; Lehm, JP
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: The criticism has often been made of hyperbaric medicine that treatment is based on little or no good clinical evidence. The recently improved awareness of the importance of the evidence basis of all medical interventions has highlighted this perception. Any attempt to summarise the better evidence is hampered by the large number of specialty journals where clinical research may be published. This database is intended to collate all the randomized controlled trials in the field, along with a short critical summary of the methodological rigour, results, and conclusions. STUDY OBJECTIVES: To produce a searchable database including all randomized controlled trials where hyperbaric therapy has been utilized and to provide an evidence-based critical summary of each of the papers included. METHODS: A search strategy was determined in order to indentify the maximum number of clinical RCTs involving the administration of hyperbaric breathing mixtures. This involved: 1) Consulting the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register with search terms 'hyperbaric' and 'oxygenation'. 2) Searching the database of the National Library of Medicine using the Haynes filters for maximum sensitivity in PubMed with the same search terms. 3) Hand searching of targeted journals and proceedings of major national and international meetings in Hyperbaric Medicine. 4) Indentification of any further studies by consulting the references of articles found above. 5) Contacting principle authors of all papers identified for any further work. The work was appraised using the Critically Appraised Topic software (CATmaker) developed by Haynes (Oxford Center for Evidence Based Medicine) and all information was collected in a searchable database using Microsoft Access. RESULTS: At the time of writing, 99 studies had been identified and appraised. Further studies continue to be identified and added as they are located or appear in print. The database will be available on-line in the near future and updated annually. CONCLUSIONS: We believe the database is a contribution to best practice in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and improves availability of the best evidence both for clinicians and researchers.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/852
Date: 1999

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