A systematic review attempts to collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making.
Chandler J, Higgins JPT, Deeks JJ, Davenport C, Clarke MJ.
Chapter 1: Introduction. In: Higgins JPT, Churchill R,Chandler JCumpston MS (editors), Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions version 5.2.0 (updated June 2017), Cochrane, 2017. Available from www.training.cochrane.org/handbook
Authors of the first version of this LibGuide: Donna Ó Doibhlin, Isabelle Delaunois & Fintan Bracken.
Authors of the second update version of this LibGuide: Liz Dore & Isabelle Delaunois.
Define your question
Is there a recent review relevant to your question?
Develop your protocol to include inclusion, exclusion criteria and eligibility
Build your search strategy
Search the literature
Select and critique studies
Extract and synthesize data
Analyse and present results
Interpret results and draw conclusions
Improve and update the review
Systematic reviews are gaining in popularity and Librarians or Information Professionals are becoming more involved in the process.This method already has a strong presence in healthcare and is developing across all disciplines such as education, science, development studies.
The Librarians at the Glucksman library and the Regional Medical library at ULH offer resources and library support for systematic review research. Your Librarians can partner with you on systematic reviews.
Add us to your author team and we will design and manage systematic, comprehensive searches in multiple databases. We will also provide you with:
Please allow adequate time for completion of the search strategies as the librarians are likely to have competing commitments.
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Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions sets out each step of the review and the Cochrane principles can also be applied to non Cochrane reviews.
MECIR (Methodological Expectations for Cochrane Intervention Reviews) standards for reviews, updates and protocols to comply with.
PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses). Key documents include the flowchart and checklist.