Research Links

RESEARCH LINKS is an online web portal designed to assist practitioners and researchers in finding studies being conducted throughout medical institutions within the state of South Carolina. Sites currently listing studies include: MUSC, Greenville Hospital System, USC, Spartanburg Regional, and Palmetto Health. You may search by keyword or researcher.

Kristin Sainani is a professor of Epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health, Clinical Research, and Policy at Stanford University. In addition to her traditional academic assignments, she teaches a “MOOC” or Massive Open Online Course, entitled Statistics in Medicine. The program is a wonderful opportunity for practitioners from around the world to receive first rate education for a nominal fee, and sometimes even completely free of charge. MOOCs are the up-and coming trend in global education and can be taken for free for those who are interested. Check the SCSRC calendar for information on upcoming MOOC offerings.

Dr. Sainani also writes a reoccurring editorial for The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), entitled “Statistically Speaking”. We will provide links to appropriate articles as necessary. Should you have trouble accessing the paper, please try to locate the paper using your employer’s system. Most medical centers and colleges/universities have access rights to these journals through OVID or PubMed.

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

p>The PRISMA, Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses) project is a tool developed by an international group of researchers in response to inferior reporting of meta-analyses. The current system is a revised version of the original tool called the QUOROM Statement (Quality Of Reporting Of Meta-analyses). The new PRISMA system was created to address multiple, conceptual and practical advances in the science of systematic reviews.

This is a link to two of the tools created as a part of the PRISMA system. They are useful as a checklist and flow sheet for the design and implementation of a systematic review of literature. These tools will also be available and reviewed in more detail in the SCSRC monthly editorial on Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.

ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit effort which brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies via a secure and convenient online web portal. If you are working with patients who are interested in finding a study which matches their needs, please refer them to this site.

(We will be adding more links to this page from time to time, so please check back.)