A systematic compilation and classification of the literature on lameness in cattle

W. M. Hirst, A. M. Le Fevre, D. N. Logue, J. E. Offer, S. J. Chaplin, R. D. Murray, W. R. Ward, N. P. French

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This paper presents the first systematic review of the literature on lameness in cattle. It identifies, tabulates and classifies relevant published work and was conducted using electronic reference databases (BIDS ISI, BIOSIS, MEDLINE and the CAB Abstracts CD-ROM). A total of 1373 unique references were obtained from 1981 to 2000, of which 914 were written in the English language. A written search protocol was designed to ensure transparency and repeatability. Pilot studies were undertaken to create search terms that minimised bias and ensured relevance. Electronic files of the search terms allow the database to be updated in future. A further 93 references were included from the most recent international conference on lameness giving a total of 1007 English language references. The systematic review process is described, including a method of classifying papers according to their study design and statistical analysis, and it is hoped that other veterinary researchers will conduct similar reviews in their fields. The compiled and classified references are available as a searchable database through the web-site http://cattle-lameness.dhs.org/. The review may be used in several ways; to identify practical interventions to reduce lameness in dairy cows and to use the resultant web-site as the basis of a decision support system for farmers, veterinarians and advisors. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages12
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002


  • Cattle
  • Database
  • Internet
  • Lameness
  • Systematic review


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