Farhad is an Information Scientist and a Systematic Reviewer. He has previously worked at the University of Nottingham, King’s College London, and the University College London. He studied medicine with a focus on evidence synthesis as his PhD at Nottingham University. As the team leader with 18 years of experience in the field of evidence synthesis, he has led teams from five continents and delivered a diverse range of evidence synthesis projects, including systematic reviews, scoping reviews, network meta-analyses, evidence and gap maps, clinical practice guidelines, and health technology assessments to a diverse range of clients such as WHO, UN, UNICEF, UK NIHR, Cochrane, AWMF, and NICE.
He is passionate about evidence synthesis, typology of reviews, systematic reviews, and systematic searching. As a methodologist, Farhad has contributed to developing globally used evidence synthesis methods in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and PRISMA reporting guidelines. He has designed the first and most sensitive search strategy for COVID-19 literature and the first living search strategy, and coined the concepts such as ‘Search-Resistant Concepts’, ‘Search Pyramid’, and ‘Living Search Strategy’. In 2021, he shifted from academic publishing to blogging.
MacFarlane A, Russell-Rose T, Shokraneh F. Search Strategy Formulation for Systematic Reviews: Issues, challenges and opportunities. Intelligent Systems with Applications 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iswa.2022.200091
Castelpietra G, …, Shokraneh F, et al. The burden of mental disorders, substance use disorders and self-harm among young people in Europe, 1990-2019: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. Lancet Regional Health. Europe 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100341
McKenzie E, …, Shokraneh F, et al. Developing an International Standard Set of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Psychotic Disorders. Psychiatric Services 2022. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000888
Shokraneh F, Adams CE. Classification of all pharmacological interventions tested in trials relevant to people with schizophrenia. Health Information and Libraries Journal 2022. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12366
Roberts MT, Shokraneh F, Sun Y, Groom M, Adams CE. Classification of psychotherapy interventions for people with schizophrenia: development of the Nottingham Classification of Psychotherapies. Evidence-Based Mental Health 2021. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebmental-2020-300151
Aali G, Shokraneh F. No Limitations to Language, Date, Publication Type, and Publication Status in Search Step of Systematic Reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.02.002
Shokraneh F. Keeping Up with Studies on COVID-19: Systematic Search Strategies and Resources. BMJ 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.02.002
Shokraneh F, Russell-Rose T. Lessons from COVID-19 to Future Evidence Synthesis Efforts: First Living Search Strategy and Out of Date Scientific Publishing and Indexing Industry. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.04.014
Aali G, Drummond A, das Nair R. Shokraneh F. Post-Stroke Fatigue: A Scoping Review. F1000Research 2020. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.22880.2
Aali G, Kariotis T, Shokraneh F. Avatar Therapy for People with Schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd011898.pub2
Shokraneh F. Reproducibility and Replicability of Systematic Reviews. World Journal of Meta-Analysis 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.13105/wjma.v7.i3.66
Shokraneh F, Adams CE. Study-based registers reduce waste in systematic reviewing. Systematic Reviews 2019. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-019-1035-3
Shokraneh F. Reducing Waste and Increasing Value through Embedded Replicability and Reproducibility in Systematic Review Process and Automation. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.04.008
Shokraneh F, Adams CE, Clarke M, …, Goldacre B. Why Cochrane Should Prioritise Sharing Data. BMJ 2018. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3229
GBD Collaborators. Global Burden of Disease, (7 Papers). Lancet 2018. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/issue/vol392no10159/PIIS0140-6736(18)X0048-8
Cortese S, …, Shokraneh F, et al. Comparative Efficacy and Tolerability of Medications for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults: A Network Meta-Analysis. Lancet Psychiatry 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2215-0366(18)30269-4
Shokraneh F, Adams CE. Study-Based Registers of Randomized Controlled Trials. BioImpacts 2017. https://doi.org/10.15171/bi.2017.25
Shokraneh F, Adams CE. Increasing Value and Reducing Waste in Data Extraction. Systematic Reviews 2017. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0546-z
Farhad is a visiting systematic reviewer at King’s College London and an honorary assistant professor at the University of Nottingham. He delivers systematic review sessions for Doctorate of Forensic Psychology course, tutorials in systematic searching for the British Computer Society, and international webinars on evidence synthesis and the automation of systematic reviews.
In his spare time, he blogs about systematic reviews, evidence synthesis, and systematic searching at https://farhadinfo.medium.com/