Cover: A Protocol for Ongoing Systematic Scoping Reviews of World Trade Center Health Research

A Protocol for Ongoing Systematic Scoping Reviews of World Trade Center Health Research

Published in: Systematic Reviews, Volume 12, Article number 193 (2023). DOI: 10.1186/s13643-023-02318-x

Posted on Apr 24, 2024

by Thomas W. Concannon, Ramya Chari, Justin W. Lee, Liisa Hiatt, Laura J. Faherty


The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program ("Program") seeks to assess the inventory, quality, and impact of its funded research in the context of all clinical and translational research involving WTC populations. This paper presents a protocol for ongoing scoping reviews of WTC-related health research.


Using terms relevant to the September 11 attacks, we will search OVID MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Scopus, Web of Science, CINAHL, and Embase for records of peer-reviewed publications. Title, abstract, and full text screening will be used to exclude records according to a priori criteria. Data abstraction will be performed on all articles that meet inclusion criteria using a standardized query form that was developed in collaboration with NIOSH. A team of reviewers will be trained to abstract data from included articles. Articles will be double-reviewed, and disagreements will be adjudicated.


We will summarize existing research involving WTC populations. The summary will assess the extent, nature, and signals of impact of WTC-related health research.


Our review will lay the groundwork for additional study of research impact by identifying population, clinical, and translational topics that can be assessed through future focused reviews. It will also support planning activities by Program policy makers and stakeholders as they work to achieve the Program's research goals.

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