A systematic review is a synthesis of the literature addressing a clinical question aiding health care decision making. Writing a high-quality review requires a comprehensive literature analysis that meets stringent guidelines and standards. The Darnall Medical Library Systematic Review Service can collaborate with researchers in conducting and writing the review. The service also offers regular lectures about the purpose, structure, components, and process of writing systematic reviews.
To request a consultation on the systematic review writing, please email the Systematic Review Program Coordinator.
Lectures are scheduled on a quarterly basis, but individual instruction and consultation are available upon request. Please refer to the library's course calendar for scheduled classes.
There are many guides on the process of writing systematic reviews, so it is imperative that researchers use standards and guidelines for writing a systematic review. The two most-widely guides are the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and Finding What Works in Health Care (IOM Standards for Systematic Reviews).
There are also guides on writing specific types of reviews such as the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Review of Diagnostic Test Accuracy and Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness.
The evaluation and assessment of published literature is an important step in the systematic review preparation process. The standards and checklists are used to assess the quality of different types of published literature.
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