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Privacy Policy | Data Sharing | Commenting | Medical Disclaimer

Privacy Policy

What data we collect

We provide user accounts in the Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) for individuals when they want to (1) comment on published projects and studies within SRDR or (2) contribute to a project by updating or modifying project or study data within SRDR or (3) initiate and manage a project by entering and modifying project and study data within SRDR. When a user registers on the SRDR website they must provide a username, first and last names, the organization they belong to, an email address and a password for the SRDR website.

We store the forms that registered users have filled out in our SRDR admin site, which is only accessible by the SRDR administrators.

Registered users can view their information in our database at any time by logging into their account on the SRDR site at and viewing "My Profile".

How we use your data

We use your data only for the purposes of maintaining the SRDR and to enable you to keep track of your contributions and comments on SRDR. We maintain your data on the SRDR admin site to aid in password recovery and verify account ownership in cases of lost passwords. If you initiated or contributed to a project published in SRDR, your name and your organization's name will be shared publicly with all users when they view your published project. When you provide a comment for any published project on SRDR, your name will also be shared publicly along with your comments. Anonymous comments are not allowed in SRDR.


For any concerns regarding the collection and use of personal information, please send us an email at Further information on AHRQ’s Privacy Policy can be viewed using the following link:

SRDR Data Sharing Policy

SRDR is committed to keeping all systematic review projects open access (using a Creative Commons License:

The full text of all systematic review projects, including study abstraction templates and data, is accessible at as soon as they are made public (i.e., when the project's status is updated from "private report incomplete to "public report complete"). All projects published in SRDR will be published under a Creative Commons license (Creative Commons, attribution, non-commercial:, which allows full reuse for non-commercial purposes with attribution.

Open access projects can be identified by the following Creative Commons copyright notice appearing at the top of all project-associated Web pages:

"This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and is otherwise in compliance with the license.

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SRDR Comment Policy

Where commenting is supported on the SRDR Web site, we encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed. We review and post comments according to the policy specified below. We reserve the right to disclose any information necessary to satisfy any law or regulation and to edit, refuse to post, or remove any information or link, in whole or in part, that is in violation of these terms and conditions or of any applicable laws. For more information, see the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Privacy Policy (

To participate in the discussion, you will need to provide your name and email address. Your email address will not be shared. The SRDR support team, however, may contact you to follow-up on critical issues in the discussion.

This SRDR digital forum adheres to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Comment, Privacy, and Link Policies ( Comments from viewers will not be immediately made viewable by the public. The SRDR Support Team will review all posted comments during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted at other times will be reviewed and posted as soon as possible. Messages that do not adhere to commenting guidelines will not be posted on the Web site.

The views expressed in comments reflect those of the comment author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the SRDR team, AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS, or the federal government.

The SRDR support team is not required to respond to any comment, particularly ones that deal with individual medical cases and issues (see the Medical Disclaimer at the bottom of this page).

To maintain a respectful dialogue, users agree to the following:

  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the topics presented on the digital forum pages
  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • Do not post spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counterproductive manner is prohibited. This includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.
  • Do not falsely present yourself as a representative, employee, or official of a governmental entity by accidental or deliberate means, including misleading or confusing statements in your posts.
  • Refrain from adding or posting any copyrighted material to the site if you cannot document written permission of the copyright owner.

Please consider carefully what you choose to post about yourself. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments.

Thank you for taking the time to review our comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

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Medical Disclaimer

It is not the intention of SRDR to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and SRDR urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and answers to your personal medical questions.
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