A systematic review is a synthesis of the literature addressing a focused 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 partner with you in conducting and writing the review. The service also offers regular workshops covering the purpose, structure, components, and process of writing systematic reviews.
To request a librarian to collaborate on your review, please email the Systematic Review Program Coordinator.
Workshops 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 you know which guide your publisher requires before starting the review process. 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 below are used to assess the quality of different types of published literature.
Contact the Biomedical Research Librarian for more information or guidance.
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