New PRO Methods Group co-convenor: Tahira Devji

We are happy to welcome Tahira Devji as our new co-convenor

Tahira Devji is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University, Canada. Tahira’s research interests span all areas of systematic reviews and meta-analysis and guideline development, as well as knowledge translation and implementation research. Within the field of health status measurement, Tahira is leading a major program of research on enhancing methods for analyzing and interpreting PROs in clinical research and evidence-based decision-making, with a particular focus on improving methods for identification, application and appraisal of minimal important differences (MIDs) for PROs. She is also a co-author of the new PROs chapter for version 6.0 of the Cochrane Handbook. This chapter illustrates key risk of bias issues that systematic reviewers should consider when including results from PROs in meta-analysis and provides guidance on approaches to meta-analysis that will improve the interpretability of PROs to enhance decision-making.