Evaluation of spin in the abstracts of systematic reviews and meta-analyses focused on the treatment of psoriasis

Cody Hillman, Alyssa Lindsey, Ryan Ottwell, Wade Arthur, Courtney Cook, Hannah Howard, Drew N. Wright, Micah Hartwell, Suhao Chen, Zhuqi Miao, Matt Vassar

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Abstract

Background: Spin -- a way of reporting that distorts the true findings – has not been investigated in systematic review abstracts on psoriasis treatments.

Objective: To investigate the prevalence of spin in systematic review abstracts and whether study characteristics were associated with spin.

Methods: We searched MEDLINE and Embase to obtain our sample. Screening and data extraction were performed in a masked duplicate fashion. Each included study was evaluated for the 9 most severe types of spin and other study characteristics. The methodological quality was assessed to explore potential relationships between spin and study quality.

Results: Search queries returned 3200 articles, which included 173 systematic reviews. Spin was present in the abstract of 37 (21.4%) of these reviews. We identified 8 of the 9 spin types in our sample, and spin type 6 was the most frequently identified (19/173, 11%). The presence of spin in the abstract was not associated with methodological quality or any study characteristic.

Limitations: Evaluation of spin is subjective. We were further limited by sample size and the nature of our study design. Conclusions: Spin was present in systematic review abstracts. Preventing spin is essential for improving future systematic reviews.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages50
StatePublished - 22 Feb 2021
EventOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Days 2021: Poster presentation - Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Campus, Tulsa, United States
Duration: 22 Feb 202126 Feb 2021

Conference

ConferenceOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Days 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTulsa
Period22/02/2126/02/21

Keywords

  • Psoriasis
  • Spin
  • Systematic Review
  • Psoriasis Treatment

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