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Evidence-Based Practice: Write a Systematic Review

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Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) offers guidance on thorough reporting for systematic reviews. The 2020 PRISMA Checklist and Flow Diagram provide minimum requirements for ensuring a transparent review. Guidance for writing systematic review protocols and extensions to ensure complete reporting for abstracts, scoping reviews, searching, and more are also available.

Systematic Review Reporting Tools

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The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions provides complete guidance on the steps to conducting a systematic review. Core methods, such as scope determination, searching, study selection, data collection, navigating bias, and meta-analysis, are covered, as well as addressing topics from specific perspectives, such as equity, adverse effects, and economic evidence.

Methodological Advice

Considering a Systematic Review?

Well-done systematic reviews are important contributions to the literature, and they have the potential to influence clinical practice and health policy. However, systematic reviews are long-term, often intense research projects. Cornell University Library provides a helpful decision tree and overview of the different types of review articles, their methodological requirements, and their contributions to the literature.


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Systematic Review Support

Kornhauser Library's clinical librarians are available to provide support in planning and searching for systematic, scoping, and narrative review projects. If you are interested in this service, please fill out our advanced literature review request form. If you have a librarian embedded in your department or whom you have worked with previously, you may also contact them directly.

Conducting Specific Types of Reviews