Sue Bayliss, an information specialist and Research Design Service (RDS) WM adviser, has worked for the past 10 years within the information support team in the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham, developing search strategies to identify appropriate research literature for systematic reviews. These have included Cochrane reviews as well as many health technology assessment reports for NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
Sue has presented and published methodological papers on the challenges of devising search strategies for systematic reviews in areas ranging from public health and social care to diagnostic tests. She has now prepared a resource for researchers that covers general methodological help with reviews as well as search advice.
RDS WM provides expert advice on preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. They can advise and provide practical support when researchers are developing their grant application. As the RDS is funded by the NIHR for this purpose, this help is provided free of charge. If researchers require any help they can go to the Submit a Request page and complete the short form therein.