A few years ago CLAHRC WM affiliates Ola Uthman and Aileen Clarke published a paper on Citation Classics Among Systematic Reviews. The top seven cited papers were all methodological articles and the leader of the pack is DerSimonian and Laird’s classic 1986 paper with 7,308 citations. The most highly cited clinical article, weighing in at number 8, is a 2002 Lancet paper on statins by Colin Baigent and colleagues. Thirteen of the top 100 cited systematic reviews dealt with health services / service delivery research or with a cognate psychological topic – these are listed in the Table.
||Lazarou J, Pomeranz BH, Corey PN. Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients – A meta-analysis of prospective studies. JAMA. 1998; 279: 1200-5.
||Barrick MR, Mount MK. The Big Five Personality Dimensions and Job-Performance – A Metaanalysis. Pers Psychol. 1991; 44: 1-26.
||Davis DA, Thomson MA, Oxman AD, Haynes RB. Changing Physician Performance – A Systematic Review of the Effect of Continuing Medical-Education Strategies. JAMA. 1995; 274: 700-5.
||Grimshaw JM, Russell IT. Effect of Clinical Guidelines on Medical-Practice – A Systematic Review of Rigorous Evaluations. Lancet 1993, 342: 1317-22.
||Armitage CJ, Conner M. Efficacy of the theory of planned behaviour: A meta-analytic review. Br J Soc Psychol. 2001, 40: 471-99.
||Bero LA, Grilli R, Grimshaw JM, et al. Getting research findings into practice – Closing the gap between research and practice: an overview of systematic reviews of interventions to promote the implementation of research findings. BMJ. 1998, 317: 465-8.
||Oxman AD, Thomson MA, Davis DA, Haynes RB. No Magic Bullets – A Systematic Review of 102 Trials of Interventions to Improve Professional Practice. CMAJ. 1995, 153: 1423-31.
||Sheppard BH, Hartwick J, Warshaw PR. The Theory of Reasoned Action – A Meta-Analysis of Past Research with Recommendations for Modifications and Future-Research. J Cons Res. 1988; 15: 325-43.
||Antman EM, Lau J, Kupelnick B, Mosteller F, Chalmers TC. A Comparison of Results of Meta-analyses of Randomized Control Trials and Recommendations of Clinical Experts. Treatments for Myocardial Infarction. JAMA. 1992; 268: 240-8.
||Claxton AJ, Cramer J, Pierce C. A systematic review of the associations between dose regimens and medication compliance. Clin Ther. 2001; 23: 1296-310.
||Hunt DL, Haynes RB, Hanna SE, Smith K. Effects of computer-based clinical decision support systems on physician performance and patient outcomes – A systematic review. JAMA. 1998; 280: 1339-46.
||Deci EL, Koestner R, Ryan RM. A meta-analytic review of experiments examining the effects of extrinsic rewards on intrinsic motivation. Psychol Bull. 1999; 125: 627-68.
||Kluger AN, DeNisi A. The effects of feedback interventions on performance: A historical review, a meta-analysis, and a preliminary feedback intervention theory. Psychol Bull. 1996; 119: 254-84.
The top cited HS&DR article in our series (18th overall) is the meta-analysis by Lazarou et al. on adverse drug events among hospitalised patients, published in JAMA back in 1998.
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
- Uthman OA, Okwundu CI, Wiysonge CS, Young T, Clarke A. Citation Classics in Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: Who Wrote the Top 100 Most Cited Articles? PLoS One. 2012; 8(10): e78517.
- DerSimonian R, & Laird N. Metaanalysis in Clinical-Trials. Control Clin Trials. 1986; 7: 177-88.
- Baigent C, Keech A, Kearney PM, et al. Efficacy and safety of cholesterol-lowering treatment: prospective meta-analysis of data from 90,056 participants in 14 randomised trials of statins. Lancet. 2005; 366: 1267-78.