TableĀ 2

Adapted PRISMA for Abstracts item totals for the 21 meta-analyses reviewed

Adapted PRISMA for Abstracts itemAdapted descriptionProportion of meta-analyses with yes ratings (%)
Item 1Title: identify the report as a systematic review, meta-analyses or both.20 (95%)
Item 2Objectives: the research question including components such as participants, index test, reference standard and outcomes.0 (0%)
Item 3aEligibility criteria: study characteristics used as criteria for inclusion.1 (5%)
Item 3bEligibility criteria: report characteristics used as criteria for inclusion.0 (0%)
Item 4aInformation sources: key databases searched.9 (43%)
Item 4bInformation sources: key search dates.7 (33%)
Item 5Risk of bias: methods of assessing risk of bias.3 (14%)
Item 6Included studies: number and type of included studies, and participants and relevant characteristics of studies.2 (10%)
Item 7Results of the principal summary measures (eg, sensitivity and specificity, diagnostic OR).16 (76%)
Item 8Description of outcomes: summary of accuracy outcomes in terms meaningful to clinicians and patients.3 (14%)
Item 9Strengths and limitations of evidence: brief summary of strengths and limitations of evidence (eg, inconsistency, imprecision, indirectness or risk of bias, other supporting or conflicting evidence).7 (33%)
Item 10Interpretation: general interpretation of the results and important implications.20 (95%)
Item 11Funding: primary source of funding for the review.0 (0%)
Item 12Registration: registration number and registry name.1 (5%)
  • PRISMA, Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.