Priority reviews

The ARI team's priority-setting project identifies research areas of most importance and significance that need systematic reviews to inform clinical practice and inform healthcare consumers about prevention and treatment of acute respiratory infections. The priority-setting project is ongoing.

Phase 1

We analysed the ARI register of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and compared this with our review topics list. This phase identified topics for which there is RCT evidence, but no corresponding Cochrane Review. We used this information to create a list of potential topics to be prioritised in the next phase of the priority-setting project. We identified 68 possible topic areas.

Phase 2 survey

This phase involved identifying stakeholders and inviting their participation in a two-round online survey. The aim was to narrow the 68 topics to a top 20 list.

Round I survey asked participants five questions: three demographic questions and two about prioritisation areas and was conducted in October and November 2017. We contacted ARI authors and contributors, including consumer referees; the invitation to participate was also disseminated via Cochrane communication channels (Cochrane Communication Network Digest, Cochrane Survey Round-up page, Cochrane Consumer Network) and the Evidence-Based Healthcare mailing list. We also contacted consumer health groups.

We analysed results to identify the top 25 systematic review topics derived from two questions:

  1. Topics where evidence existed but there is no Cochrane Review.
  2. Up to 10 topics suggested by respondents.

Preliminary priority review list

The following list is provided as an interim indication of potential priority topics for reviews. This list will be amended and updated as further data beome available. If proposing a new title for a review, please ensure that there is no current registered title or published review on this topic. Please see: Our reviews and the Cochrane Library.

Vaccinations for acute respiratory infections

Antiviral therapies for acute respiratory infections

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for acute respiratory infections

Vitamins and supplements for acute respiratory infections

Infection control and influenza

Treatments for otitis media: antitussives, decongestants, expectorants and mucolytics

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for sore throat

Complementary and alternative medicines for sinusitis

Corticosteroid therapy for acute respiratory infections

Complementary and alternative medicines for bronchiolitis