A scoping review of Lyme disease research relevant to public health

TitleA scoping review of Lyme disease research relevant to public health
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGreig, JD, Young, I, Harding, S, Mascarenhas, M, Waddell, LA
JournalCan Commun Dis Rep
Start Page243
Date Published2018
KeywordsIxodes ticks, Lyme disease, public health, research, scoping review

This scoping review is an evidence-informed overview of the quantity and characteristics of the research underpinning each focus area; surveillance and monitoring, diagnostic tests, risk factors, interventions, attitudes and perceptions and economic research on LD and B. burgdorferi s.l. in humans, vertebrate reservoirs and vectors. The review provides a very broad understanding of what is known and unknown on this topic at this time and the identified knowledge gaps can be used to prioritize funding for future research. The searchable database created during this scoping review will facilitate addressing both anticipated and unanticipated questions using a systematic review methodology along timelines that are more conducive to decision-making, which is only possible because the relevant research has already been identified and characterized. Thus, several systematic reviews (e.g., on risk factors and interventions for each study population) could be undertaken to provide evidence-informed summaries of information on LD and B. burgdorferi s.l. where estimates of specific outcomes are needed for decision-making.