Background: The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (IbCC), in collaboration with the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network, promotes a project aiming to identify, via handsearching, controlled clinical trials (CCT) published in Spain and Latin America. The completion of this initiative entails some logistical challenges, such as coordinating handsearching teams in different countries and institutions, tracking completed work to avoid duplication, and classifying and storing the CCTs identified.
Objectives: To develop an internet-based platform from which handsearching activities can be coordinated.
Methods: BADERI was designed at the IbCC with the input of experts from different fields. The development of the platform was contracted to an IT company. We intended to create a free, internet-based tool that would serve as a repository of the journals that have been handsearched, the number of articles reviewed, and the CCTs identified and their main characteristics. All data had to be stored in a way that allowed future retrieval for analysis and submission to the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), when appropriate. The development of BADERI was partially funded by the 2014 Cochrane Discretionary Fund.
Results: BADERI is operative and can be accessed at www.baderi.com/login.php (login and password assigned upon request). Currently there are 5238 references to CCTs from 391 journals and 13 countries; 3384 of these references have been submitted to CENTRAL. BADERI grants users different capacities depending on the role they play: there are two global Administrators and several Local Administrators who oversee the work of reviewers (distributed per country and/or medical specialty). Progress reports are downloaded in Excel spreadsheets, which can be converted into PROCITE format. A search engine was built in for finding articles per topic (free text search of titles), author, or journal.
Conclusions: BADERI is a valuable tool for coordinating and monitoring the handsearching activities currently underway while facilitating the participation of reviewers who work from remote locations.