Evidence maps are products that can be used to visually display and summarize findings from systematic reviews in a user-friendly interactive format.
An evidence map is a newer type of evidence synthesis. It is the result of a systematic search of a defined topic area that can facilitate evidence-informed decision making or identify gaps in knowledge and future research needs. These results are then presented in a user-friendly and interactive visual format, such as a figure or graph.
PCORI aims to demonstrate that a patient-centered, stakeholder-driven approach to clinical research has value to researchers, payers, policy makers and other members of the healthcare community by improving the quality, relevance, and usability of study findings.
To help accomplish this, we are harnessing information in various forms, including evidence maps. The maps help synthesize large amounts of data and can be produced in less time than a traditional systematic evidence review, while using many of the same processes.
Our first two evidence maps focus on:
PCORI approached these topics as learning models, to investigate best approaches to interactive, manipulatable, filterable evidence maps that could be maximally informative.
For the best map interaction experience, we recommend viewing these evidence maps on desktop-sized devices in a Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browser.
Each topic is accompanied by a summary report that details the methodology used as well as key conclusions and findings. The report also features an executive summary, a results section providing an overview of the research landscape and literature, and a review of ongoing research.
Posted: March 6, 2019