Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: Dr Bosch and colleagues suggest that
we have selected studies based on their results. As we clearly stated, however,
we established explicit eligibility criteria and blacked out all study results
prior to determining study eligibility so that we were unable to select or
reject an article based on the study results. Articles for inclusion in a
systematic review are selected on the basis of meeting prespecified methodological
criteria, not on the basis of where they are published. Doctoral dissertations
undergo peer review that is as rigorous, if not more rigorous, than that for
articles published in medical journals.
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