Critical appraisal:Ilic D, Neuberger MM, Djulbegovic M, Dahm P 2013 2

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Risk of bias assessment: systematic review

Studies included in the review
Was an adequate search strategy used?
Very thorough – included appropriate search terms and databases
Were the inclusion criteria appropriate and applied in an unbiased way?
Yes – pre-specified inclusion criteria applied independently by two people
Were the studies assessed for quality (relating to the minimisation of biases)?
Yes – appropriate quality issues were assessed independently by two people
Were the characteristics and results of individual studies appropriately summarised?
Yes – summary descriptive tables of subjects, interventions, outcomes etc are provided and estimates of treatment effect displayed
The following questions are only relevant for systematic reviews that pooled data
Were the methods used for pooling the data appropriate?
If there was heterogeneity, were sources of heterogeneity explored?
Overall risk of bias
Low risk of bias Additional comments: Quality assessment not relevant to Q4.1 - merely used data extracted and analysed from Quebec study

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Ilic D, Neuberger MM, Djulbegovic M, Dahm P. Screening for prostate cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013 Jan 31;1:CD004720 Available from:
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Guidelines:PSA Testing/PSA protocols
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