James Thomas

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Affiliation: Institute of Education
Country: UK

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Systematic reviews and their application to research in speech and language therapy: a response to T. R. Pring's 'Ask a silly question: two decades of troublesome trials' (2004)
    Zoe Garrett
    Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London, UK
    Int J Lang Commun Disord 41:95-105. 2006
  2. ncbi request reprint Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in systematic reviews of complex interventions: a worked example
    James Thomas
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, 18 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0NR, UK
    Syst Rev 3:67. 2014
  3. pmc Teaching meta-analysis using MetaLight
    James Thomas
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK
    BMC Res Notes 5:571. 2012
  4. pmc Protocol for a systematic review of the effects of schools and school-environment interventions on health: evidence mapping and syntheses
    Chris Bonell
    Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15 17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH, UK
    BMC Public Health 11:453. 2011
  5. pmc Integrating qualitative research with trials in systematic reviews
    James Thomas
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London WC1H 0NR
    BMJ 328:1010-2. 2004
  6. pmc Methods for the thematic synthesis of qualitative research in systematic reviews
    James Thomas
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 8:45. 2008
  7. doi request reprint Comparing midwife-led and doctor-led maternity care: a systematic review of reviews
    Katy Sutcliffe
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co Ordinating Centre EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
    J Adv Nurs 68:2376-86. 2012
  8. pmc The selection of search sources influences the findings of a systematic review of people's views: a case study in public health
    Claire Stansfield
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 12:55. 2012
  9. pmc Methods for the synthesis of qualitative research: a critical review
    Elaine Barnett-Page
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co ordinating Centre, Social Science Research Unit, 18 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0NS, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 9:59. 2009
  10. pmc How explicable are differences between reviews that appear to address a similar research question? A review of reviews of physical activity interventions
    Jenny Woodman
    MRC Centre for Epidemiology of Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH, UK
    Syst Rev 1:37. 2012

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Publications17

  1. ncbi request reprint Systematic reviews and their application to research in speech and language therapy: a response to T. R. Pring's 'Ask a silly question: two decades of troublesome trials' (2004)
    Zoe Garrett
    Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London, UK
    Int J Lang Commun Disord 41:95-105. 2006
    ..This, it is argued, is most likely to demonstrate statistically significant effects and also help to ensure that therapies become sufficiently defined so that clinicians can apply them in practice...
  2. ncbi request reprint Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in systematic reviews of complex interventions: a worked example
    James Thomas
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, 18 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0NR, UK
    Syst Rev 3:67. 2014
    ..Here, intervention replication is rare, and commonly used synthesis methods are less useful when the focus of analysis is the identification of those components of an intervention that are critical to its success...
  3. pmc Teaching meta-analysis using MetaLight
    James Thomas
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK
    BMC Res Notes 5:571. 2012
    ..Valuable teaching time can be spent learning the mechanics of a new software application, rather than on the principles and practices of meta-analysis...
  4. pmc Protocol for a systematic review of the effects of schools and school-environment interventions on health: evidence mapping and syntheses
    Chris Bonell
    Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15 17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH, UK
    BMC Public Health 11:453. 2011
    ..Evidence concerning the effects of such interventions has not been recently synthesised...
  5. pmc Integrating qualitative research with trials in systematic reviews
    James Thomas
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London WC1H 0NR
    BMJ 328:1010-2. 2004
  6. pmc Methods for the thematic synthesis of qualitative research in systematic reviews
    James Thomas
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 8:45. 2008
    ..This paper reports on the use of this type of analysis in systematic reviews to bring together and integrate the findings of multiple qualitative studies...
  7. doi request reprint Comparing midwife-led and doctor-led maternity care: a systematic review of reviews
    Katy Sutcliffe
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co Ordinating Centre EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
    J Adv Nurs 68:2376-86. 2012
    ..A report of a systematic review of reviews which examines the impact of having midwives-led maternity care for low-risk women, rather than physicians...
  8. pmc The selection of search sources influences the findings of a systematic review of people's views: a case study in public health
    Claire Stansfield
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 12:55. 2012
    ..impact of search methods employed to redress potential database selection bias on the overall findings of the review? and b) how did each search source contribute to the identification of all the research studies included in the review?..
  9. pmc Methods for the synthesis of qualitative research: a critical review
    Elaine Barnett-Page
    Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co ordinating Centre, Social Science Research Unit, 18 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0NS, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 9:59. 2009
    ..There is a need for both researchers and commissioners to be able to distinguish between these methods and to select which method is the most appropriate to their situation...
  10. pmc How explicable are differences between reviews that appear to address a similar research question? A review of reviews of physical activity interventions
    Jenny Woodman
    MRC Centre for Epidemiology of Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH, UK
    Syst Rev 1:37. 2012
    ..Systematic reviews are promoted as being important to inform decision-making. However, when presented with a set of reviews in a complex area, how easy is it to understand how and why they may differ from one another?..
  11. pmc Clarifying differences between review designs and methods
    David Gough
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL, UK
    Syst Rev 1:28. 2012
    ..This then provides an overarching strategy to encompass more detailed descriptions of methodology and may lead in time to a more overarching system of terminology for systematic reviews...
  12. pmc Cancer survival in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, 1995-2007 (the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership): an analysis of population-based cancer registry data
    M P Coleman
    Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
    Lancet 377:127-38. 2011
    ..This is the first study in a programme to investigate international survival disparities, with the aim of informing health policy to raise standards and reduce inequalities in survival...
  13. pmc The views of young children in the UK about obesity, body size, shape and weight: a systematic review
    Rebecca Rees
    EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, 18 Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0NR, UK
    BMC Public Health 11:188. 2011
    ..This systematic review of qualitative and quantitative research aimed to explore the views of UK children about the meanings of obesity and body size, shape or weight and their own experiences of these issues...
  14. ncbi request reprint Exploring the evidence-practice gap: a workshop report on mixed and participatory training for HIV prevention in Southern Africa
    Ruth Stewart
    Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK
    Educ Health (Abingdon) 18:224-35. 2005
    ..The gap between what is known and what is done about public health (the evidence-practice gap) needs addressing. One solution may be through mixed and participatory training in accessing and appraising research...
  15. ncbi request reprint Standardized mean differences in individually-randomized and cluster-randomized trials, with applications to meta-analysis
    Ian R White
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, Cambridge, UK
    Clin Trials 2:141-51. 2005
    ..We also describe methods for estimating the standard deviation. Various pitfalls are identified which can lead to major errors especially in the cluster-randomized setting...
  16. ncbi request reprint Impact of physical activity on cancer recurrence and survival in patients with stage III colon cancer: findings from CALGB 89803
    Jeffrey A Meyerhardt
    Division of Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Clin Oncol 24:3535-41. 2006
    ..Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing colon cancer, however, its influence on patients with established disease is unknown...
  17. doi request reprint Developing evidence-based recommendations in public health--incorporating the views of practitioners, service users and user representatives
    Mary J Renfrew
    Mother and Infant Research Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington, York, UK
    Health Expect 11:3-15. 2008
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