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The objective was to describe the updating practices and policies of agencies that sponsor or conduct SRs.
The journal’s guiding principle for an update is that it is an event that is discrete and distinct from the conduct and reporting of the original systematic review (or previously updated review).
This means that at a minimum the search for studies will have been brought up to date and that any changes to the results and conclusions of the original review (or a previously updated review) are described.
Despite this recognition, updating practices are not regular, and many organizations lack a formal written policy for updating SRs.
This research marks the first baseline data available on updating from an organizational perspective. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.