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- 25 October 2016
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Margaret Sampson, Canadian health librarian and information retrieval expert, has an international profile in the area of expert searching and information retrieval. She works as the manager of library services at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She was formerly the senior information specialist and deputy director of the Chalmers Research Group in the United Kingdom. Sampson is one of the leaders in evidence-based librarianship, and publishes and presents widely. She maintains an active profile as a researcher, and her work has brought several innovations to systematic review searching including structured peer review, augmentation of subject searching through related article searching, and validation of electronic search strategies through post-hoc testing. Sampson has expertise in updating systematic reviews; for her doctoral work, she developed and tested surveillance search strategies. She continues to develop the efficiency of searches using various automated mechanisms. Her current clinical focus is pediatrics and complementary and alternative medicine.
Within the Cochrane Collaboration, Margaret participates in the Information Retrieval Methods Group and the CAM field, including maintaining its trial registry. She has published on best practices in evidence finding and on the quality of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) systematic reviews and trials. She completed her PhD in the Department of Information Studies, University of Wales. Sampson was awarded the Canadian Hospital Librarian of the Year in 2010.
- Cogo E, Sampson M. Searching for controlled trials of complementary and alternative medicine: a comparison of 15 databases. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011:858246.
- Sampson M, Tetzlaff J, Urquhart C. Precision of healthcare systematic review searches in a cross-sectional sample. Res Synth Method. 2011;2:119–125.
- Sampson M, McGowan J, Cogo E, Grimshaw J, Moher D, Lefebvre C. An evidence-based practice guideline for the peer review of electronic search strategies. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009;62(9):944–52.
- Sampson M, Shojania KG, McGowan. Surveillance search techniques identified the need to update systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2008;61(8):755–62.
- Sampson M, McGowan J, et al. No consensus exists on search reporting methods for systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2008;61(8):748–54.
- Sampson M, Shojania KG, Garritty C, Horsley T, Ocampo M, Moher D. Systematic reviews can be produced and published faster. J Clin Epidemiol. 2008;61(6):531–6.
- McGowan J, Sampson M, Lefebvre C. An evidence-based checklist for the peer review of electronic search strategies (PRESS). Evid Based Libr Inform Practice. 2010;5(1).
- Moher D, Tsertsvadze A, Tricco AC, Eccles M, Grimshaw J, Sampson M. When and how to update systematic reviews. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(1).
- Sampson M, McGowan J, Lefebvre C, Moher D, Grimshaw J. PRESS: Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies. Ottawa: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2008.
- Shojania KG, Sampson M, Ansari MT, Ji J, Doucette S, Moher D. How quickly do systematic reviews go out of date? A survival analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(4):224–33.
- Sampson M, McGowan J. Errors in search strategies were identified by type and frequency. J Clin Epidemiol. 2006;59(10):1057–63.
- Zhang L, Ajiferuke I, Sampson M. Optimizing search strategies to identify randomized controlled trials in MEDLINE. BMC Medical Research Method. 2006;6:23.