Tagged / PRISMA; systematic reviews

Paper published on ‘living evidence’

The Nepal Journal of Epidemiology published today carries an article on so-called ‘living evidence’ as an on-going synthesis approach that provides up-to-date rigorous research evidence [1].  This short research methods paper argues that living evidence is particularly useful in rapidly expanding research domains, uncertain existing evidence, and incorporating new research evidence that may impact policy or practice, ensuring that health worker, managers and health-policy makers have access to the best, i.e. the most recent evidence.

The Nepal Journal of Epidemiology is an Open Access journal, and hence freely available to researchers across the globe.  The paper has been co-authored by researchers from the Denmark, Qatar, Mauritius and the UK.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health (CMWH)



  1. Sathian B., van Teijlingen E., do Nascimento I.J.B., Khatib M.N., Banerjee I., Simkhada P., Kabir R., Al Hamad H. (2023) Need for evidence synthesis for quality control of healthcare decision-making. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology 13(3):1288-1291.  DOI: 10.3126/nje.v13i3.61004

Using PRISMA 2020 in publications

The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement) was published in 2009  to provide a framework for reporting  systematic reviews. This was updated in 2020 to reflect changes in systematir review methods and terminology.

As a result the PRISMA flow diagram has been changed and requires aadditional information as well as a slightly altered layout, 

Library staff will be leading a training session on using the new PRISMA on Tuesday 14th June at 2pm. You can book into the session on Eventbrite, and a link to join will be sent to you. This will be relevant for anyone using a PRISMA flow diagram to report a literature search. 

The library has a guide on systematic reviews anyone working in this particular area which outlines searching methodology and working with results.