The CMSG, one of 52 international groups in the Cochrane Collaboration, has completed 111 reviews and 84 protocols, now in the Cochrane Library.
OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology) is linked to the CMSG, where the outcomes endorsed by OMERACT are recommended for use in Cochrane systematic reviews.
Overall, findings were presented as clinical relevance tables in reviews of the CMSG. With recent methodological updates in the Cochrane Collaboration as a whole, summary of findings tables are being adopted as a way to present results.
There are two methods for evaluating evidence in the reviews of the CMSG. The Cochrane Collaboration recently adopted the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment Development and Evaluation) approach, (63) which specifies four levels of quality (high, moderate, low, and very low), where the highest quality rating is for a body of evidence based on randomized trials without important limitations.
But it is the dedicated and hard work of authors who volunteer countless hours to identify, screen and appraise trials, and analyse and write the systematic reviews, who make up a large part of the CMSG group.
To help authors who undertake a review for a musculoskeletal disease, the CMSG has also developed tailored recommendations and tips in this area of the literature.
To date, the CMSG has published 96 reviews and 68 reviews are in the process of being completed.