Ongoing trials and studies

Some PSPs have considered the presence of ongoing trials and studies when searching the literature. An ongoing study may not mean that an uncertainty will definitely be resolved, and is therefore not worth prioritising. Indeed, the JLA uses systematic reviews to identify certainty or uncertainty, rather than single trials. However, identifying ongoing studies may help to avoid waste in research at a later stage by demonstrating that a priority may not need immediate action until a trial is complete and has reported its results. It is suggested that Steering Group members and the JLA Adviser discuss this, agree the best approach for their PSP, and ensure that decisions are documented and transparent.