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Systematic Reviews: SR and other comprehensive literature search project support

Steps in Producing a Systematic Review

  1. Define the question

  2. Assemble the team

  3. Create a review protocol, and register it if appropriate

  4. Conduct a thorough search of existing information

  5. Select studies per your protocol

  6. Appraise the quality of the studies

  7. Extract data

  8. Analyze and present results

  9. Interpret results

  10. Write up the report

For additional resources, see Yale University systematic review searching tutorials, University of Toledo's Systematic Review guide, or the McGill guide to systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other review types.

Guides for Conducting Systematic Reviews

  • JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis
    Official document that describes in detail the process of preparing a JBI systematic or scoping review. Includes instructions for reviews focusing on different types of evidence, such as effectiveness, prevalence, and qualitative evidence. 
  • AMSTAR checklist
    The AMSTAR checklist can be used to evaluate the methodological quality of an extant systematic review or as a guide when creating a systematic review. Short for "A MeaSurement Tool to Assess systematic Reviews."

"For an SR to meet the definition of CER, it should compare at least two alternative interventions, treatments, or systems of care (IOM, 2009b). The interventions and comparators should enable patients and clinicians to balance the benefits and harms of potential treatment options."


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