Research tools

The following tools support research activities.

Primary Sense TM

The Gold Coast PHN has developed Primary Sense to analyse routinely recorded practice data in real time. Primary Sense is intuitive to use and meets the highest privacy standards. It provides information about the practice population, gaps in care and opportunities to optimise Medicare patient rebates for the highest risk patients. Primary Sense supports medication management by producing intelligent patient safety alerts. Primary Sense can support research by identifying particular patient characteristics, prompt for interventions and evaluate outcomes.

Systematic Review Accelerator

The SRA consists of several automation tools, is purpose-built to speed up multiple steps in the SR process. SRA tools assist with searching for citations, citation screening and write-up of SR findings. Existing tools are being continuously reviewed and refined, and additional tools are being developed. It is freely available for anyone in the world to use. Current tools:

  1. Word Frequency Analyser - helps determine which words you should use to construct and refine a search strategy

  2. Polyglot – Translates search strategies across databases

  3. Deduplicator - Eliminates duplicate articles for faster screening

  4. RevMan Replicant (Login required) - Automatically generates text for the ‘Results’ section of your meta-analysis from a RevMan file.

  5. SearchRefiner - A tool that graphically displays the performance of individual words in a search. This allows the removal of poor performing words to help create highly precise searches.

  6. Disputatron - A tool that detects screening disagreements and decisions (include or exclude) between reviewers. This makes resolving those disagreements easier and much faster.

  7. Screenatron - designed to greatly increase the speed of title/abstract screening by combining customizable hotkeys with a streamlined UI to allow the reviewer to quickly include or exclude articles.

Our current tools are continually reviewed and refined with additional tools being developed. The SRA is a modular design which means the tools can be incorporated into existing SR workflows and combined with other automation tools.

Contact the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare for more information.