SBU publishes a number of different types of reports
SBU Assessment presents a comprehensive, systematic assessment of available scientific evidence. The quality of the evidence for each finding is systematically reviewed and graded. Full assessments include health economic, social impact and ethical impact analyses. SBU assessments are performed by a team of leading professional practitioners and academics, patient/user representatives and SBU staff. Prior to approval and publication, assessments are reviewed by independent experts, SBU Scientific Advisory Committees and the Board of Directors. Reports in the form of SBU Assesses always contain a systematic literature review of the overall scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness and safety of the measure in question. An analysis of health economics and ethics may also be included.
SBU Commentary summarizes and examines selected systematic reviews published elsewhere. Experts help the staff place the results in Swedish context. Prior to publication, the report is subject to internal and external reviews.
SBU Remarks are shorter reports in which SBU comments on well-conducted international and Swedish reviews of a topic relevant to Swedish healthcare services.
SBU Evidence map systematically evaluates the quality of systematic reviews in a particular field for the purpose of identifying reliable evidence and gaps in scientific knowledge. SBU Evidence Maps are generated with the help of experts in the field. Prior to publication, the maps are examined by an independent expert, as well as our quality and priority group.
SBU Policy Support identifies and presents available scientific evidence to support policy and decision making, including the development of national guidelines, at other government agencies. In consultation with professional experts, SBU staff generates supporting documentation to address the various questions that have been posed.
SBU Enquiry response consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.
Evidence gap identifies methods or practices for which no conclusive systematic review of benefits and harms has been published. Gaps in scientific evidence appear on the SBU website to help researchers and granting agencies identify areas that are in need of research or systematic review. An additional objective is to offer healthcare and social service providers a basis for setting priorities.
SBU Prioritation aid provides evidence-based support for prioritizing of health and social services, while calling special attention to practices that are harmful or ineffective.