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Effectiveness of interventions based on implantable devices: meta-analyses or systematic reviews that fail to indicate which device brands were used
  1. Andrea Messori,
  2. Sabrina Trippoli,
  3. Claudio Marinai
  1. ESTAR Toscana, Regional Health System, Firenze, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Messori, ESTAR Toscana, HTA Unit, Regional Health System, Via San Salvi 12, 50135 Firenze, Italy; andrea.messori.it{at}gmail.com

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We recently surveyed the literature on the effectiveness of three classes of implantable devices: (1) stents for carotid artery stenosis, (2) endovascular clips or coils for unruptured intracranial aneurysms and (3) prostheses for endovascular treatment of ruptured abdominal aneurysms. These three device-based interventions were selected because, at our Regional Health System, we were requested to undertake a series of competitive tenders for the procurement of these devices.

To synthetise the clinical literature on these topics, we adopted the empirical criterion of identifying—by expert consensus—the ‘best’ single meta-analysis …

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