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Letters Content area experts as authors

At least one systematic reviewer must be a disease expert

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8011
  1. Andrew Whitelaw, professor of neonatal medicine1
  1. 1Department of Neonatal Neuroscience, University of Bristol, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol BS2 8EG, UK
  1. andrew.whitelaw{at}

Gøtzsche and Ioannidis recommended that “teams performing systematic reviews should not include content area experts as authors” but must include experts in systematic review.1 Given the influence of systematic reviews on clinical guidelines and funding, patients need reviewers experienced with the condition and treatment. A general medical education may be adequate in …

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