Critical appraisal:Walker J, Sawhney A, Hansen CH, Symeonides S, Martin P, Murray G, et al 2013

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Critical Appraisal

Article being appraised

Walker J, Sawhney A, Hansen CH, Symeonides S, Martin P, Murray G, et al. Treatment of depression in people with lung cancer: a systematic review. Lung Cancer 2013 Jan;79(1):46-53 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23102652.


Applicable clinical question

Key Facts

Study Design

systematic review — only rcts were included

Study aims:

The study aimed to determine which psychological treatments of depression are effective in treating depression in lung cancer patients

Number of Patients:

3796

no studies were found that assessed stardard treatments for depression in lung cancer populations
Reported outcome(s):

6 intervention studies were found to improve quality of life


Includes an economic evaluation

no

Evidence ratings

Level of evidence

I

Risk of bias
Moderate risk of bias Comments: Please replace this text and include any additional comments in regards to your quality rating

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)?
Adequate – some problems with quality issues or assessed by one person only
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?
No response
If there was heterogeneity, were sources of heterogeneity explored?
No response


Relevance of evidence
1 Additional comments: Please replace this text and briefly describe the reasons for your rating
Result of appraisal

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Completed by

Dr Maria Ftanou BAppSc(Hons) Dpsych Clinical


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Article
Walker J, Sawhney A, Hansen CH, Symeonides S, Martin P, Murray G, et al. Treatment of depression in people with lung cancer: a systematic review. Lung Cancer 2013 Jan;79(1):46-53 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23102652.
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User:Maria.ftanou
Topic area
Guidelines:Lung cancer/Treatment/Non-small-cell stage IV inoperable
Clinical question
Form
Form:Critical appraisal


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