Critical appraisal of methodological quality of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis in Paediatric Dentistry journals

Jayakumar Jayaraman (Lead / Corresponding author), Venkateshbabu Nagendrababu, Shaju Jacob Pulikkotil, Nicola P. Innes

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Objective: To systematically assess the methodological quality of Systematic Reviews (SRs) and Meta-Analyses (MA) published in Paediatric Dentistry journals and to analyse the relationship between the authors, journals, country, review topic, and the year of publication to the methodological quality of SRs and MA.

Design: Paediatric Dentistry journals ranked in the top five of the h5 index of Google Scholar Metrics were selected. SRs with MA were searched independently by two reviewers using PubMed and Scopus databases until December 2017. Methodological quality was assessed using A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR) tool. Statistical significance was set at P < 0.05 and Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis test was employed for comparing the AMSTAR score with the journal characteristics.

Results: Finally, 24 SRs with MA were included. The overall AMSTAR score of SRs and MA published in paediatric dentistry journals was 7.08 ± 2.41. No statistically significant differences were found between the country, journal or focus of study to the quality of SRs except the number of authors and the year of publication (P < 0.05).

Conclusions: The quality of SRs and MA in leading Paediatric Dentistry journaSavels were evaluated with AMSTAR tool and areas where quality could be improved were identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-560
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Issue number6
Early online date1 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • meta-analysis
  • methodological quality
  • paediatric dentistry
  • systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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