Systematic reviews and meta-analysis

Leader: Giuseppe Dario Testa Konstantinos Prokopidis


Discussing the most common and important methodological issues in meta-research involving older people; suggesting the correct strategies for doing evidence syntheses in topics of clinical importance in geriatric medicine, such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses; designing educational courses for explaining how to do and how to interpret meta-research in geriatric medicine; supporting other EUGMS groups in their research projects. 

Relevance for the purposes of the EuGMS

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses represent the highest grade of scientific evidence. In the last years, the number of published systematic reviews and meta-analyses is exponentially increasing, also regarding medical conditions commonly affecting older people. With this SIG, we plan to prepare several scientific works regarding systematic reviews and meta-analyses and to collaborate with the other groups present in the EuGMS. Furthermore we plan to collaborate with other international medical and methodological groups/ societies that will lead to international networks regarding evidence syntheses in geriatric medicine.

N° of Members: 18

Expected method of work

Our work will be structured according to the competencies of each participant. In particular, our group has both, clinicians interested in different areas of geriatric medicine and people with expertise in methodology of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Our work will finalize to the publication of several manuscripts in the area of geriatric medicine, following a systematic approach to the literature. 

First expected outcome and approximate date of completion

We have recently submitted a manuscript regarding frailty and urinary incontinence to the European Geriatric Medicine journal, recently accept. Other works will be planned during our first meeting in Berlin.

Way of communication among members

Skype, emails, physical meetings.


Planning of meetings

19th EuGMS International Congress, Helsinki September 20-22 - SIG Collateral Meeting - OPEN - SEPT 20th from 11.30am to 12.30pm Helsinki TIME

18th EuGMS International Congress, London September 28-30 - SIG Collateral Meeting - OPEN - SEPT 29th from 06.30pm to 07.30pm UK TIME

EuGMS SIG on Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Webinar: UMBRELLA REVIEWS IN GERIATRIC MEDICINE: AN UPDATE - June 1st 2022 6pm (CEST) – 90 min

17th EuGMS International Congress, Athens October 11-13 - SIG Collateral Meeting - OPEN- OCT 12th from 09.00am to 10.30am CEST

Systematic review/Cochrane Dementia open online seminar, June 30th, 2021

Yearly meetings during the EuGMS congresses and every six months in person or by Skype

Recent Publications

New Paper - The role of comprehensive geriatric assessment in older patients affected by knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review

New article: Sarcopenia is associated with a greater risk of polypharmacy and number of medications: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Underrepresentation of older adults in clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccines: A systematic review

Comprehensive geriatric assessment in older people: an umbrella review of health outcomes

ANGI AWARD to DR. Nicola Veronese co-leader of EuGMS SIG on SR&MA

Glucosamine sulphate: an umbrella review of health outcomes on Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease.

Interest in meta-research in geriatric medicine: a survey of members of the European Geriatric Medicine Society

Handgrip strength and health outcomes: Umbrella review of systematic reviews with meta-analyses of observational studies

The efficacy and safety of influenza vaccination in older people: An umbrella review of evidence from meta-analyses of both observational and randomized controlled studies