Living systematic reviews (LSRs) are online summaries of health care research that
are updated as new research becomes available. This new development in evidence synthesis
is being trialled as part of the Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness
Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (CENTER-TBI) project. We will develop and sustain
an international TBI knowledge community that maintains up to date, high quality LSRs
of the current state of knowledge in the most important questions in TBI. Automatic
search updates will be run three-monthly, and newly identified studies incorporated
into the review. Review teams will seek to publish journal updates at regular intervals
with abridged updates available more frequently online. Future project stages include
the integration of LSR and other study findings into 'living' clinical practice guidance.
It is hoped these efforts will go some way to bridging current temporal disconnects
between evidence, guidelines and practice in TBI.