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BMJ Open. 2017 Sep 11;7(9):e014608. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014608.

Prevention and assessment of infectious diseases among children and adult migrants arriving to the European Union/European Economic Association: a protocol for a suite of systematic reviews for public health and health systems.

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1
Departments of Family Medicine, and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
2
C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Bruyère Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
3
The University of Sydney, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney, Australia.
4
SMBD-Jewish General Hospital, McGill University Montreal, Montreal, Canada.
5
Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
6
Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
7
Department of Public Health, Respiratory Diseases, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC), London, UK.
8
Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Leicester, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.
9
Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
10
Centre for Global Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
11
Cochrane Germany, MedicalCenter-University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
12
Centre de Recherche Épidémiologie et Statistique Sorbonne Paris Cité, Inserm/Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France.
13
Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, CIBERESP-IIB Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.
14
Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
15
Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
16
ISGlobal, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB),Hospital Clínic, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
17
Departmentof Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Preventive Medicine, UniversitatAutònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
18
Faculty of Health Science, University of Roehampton, London, UK.
19
Surveillanceand Response Unit, Scientific Assessment Section, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden.
20
Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is developing evidence-based guidance for voluntary screening, treatment and vaccine prevention of infectious diseases for newly arriving migrants to the European Union/European Economic Area. The objective of this systematic review protocol is to guide the identification, appraisal and synthesis of the best available evidence on prevention and assessment of the following priority infectious diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), Haemophilus influenza disease, strongyloidiasis and schistosomiasis.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS:

The search strategy will identify evidence from existing systematic reviews and then update the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness evidence using prospective trials, economic evaluations and/or recently published systematic reviews. Interdisciplinary teams have designed logic models to help define study inclusion and exclusion criteria, guiding the search strategy and identifying relevant outcomes. We will assess the certainty of evidence using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:

There are no ethical or safety issues. We anticipate disseminating the findings through open-access publications, conference abstracts and presentations. We plan to publish technical syntheses as GRADEpro evidence summaries and the systematic reviews as part of a special edition open-access publication on refugee health. We are following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses for Protocols reporting guideline. This protocol is registered in PROSPERO: CRD42016045798.

KEYWORDS:

grade; infectious disease; migrants; refugees; screening; vaccination

PMID:
28893741
PMCID:
PMC5595200
DOI:
10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014608
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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