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Most systematic reviews of high methodological quality on psoriasis interventions are classified as high risk of bias using ROBIS tool

Abstract Objectives No gold standard exists to assess methodological quality of systematic reviews (SRs). Although AMSTAR is widely accepted for analysing quality, the ROBIS instrument has recently been developed. This study aimed to compare the capacity of both instruments to capture the quality of SRs concerning psoriasis interventions. Study Design and Setting Systematic literature searches were undertaken on relevant databases. For each review, methodological quality and bias risk were evaluated using the AMSTAR and ROBIS tools. Descriptive and principal component analyses were conducted to describe similarities and discrepancies between both assessment tools. Results We classified 139 intervention SRs as displaying high/moderate/low methodological quality, and as high/low risk of bias. A high risk of bias was detected for most SRs classified as displaying high or moderate methodological quality by AMSTAR. When comparing ROBIS result profiles, responses to domain 4 signalling questions showed the greatest differences between bias risk assessments, while domain 2 items showed the least. Conclusion When considering SRs published about psoriasis, methodological quality remains suboptimal, and the risk of bias is elevated, even for SRs exhibiting high methodological quality. Further, the AMSTAR and ROBIS tools may be considered as complementary when conducting quality assessment of SRs.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0895435617305346

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