A systematic review is “…a review of a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant research, and to collect and analyze data from the studies that are included in the review.” (Cochrane Handbook) Combining the results of several studies "gives a more reliable and precise estimate of an intervention’s effectiveness than one study alone." (Centre for Reviews and Dissemination)
Systematic reviews differ from narrative reviews, which are often authored by experts in a field and are generally narrative summaries of a topic.
Before beginning a systematic review:
Are you planning to conduct a systematic review? Librarians at the HSHSL are experts in conducting comprehensive literature searches as part of the systematic review process.
After the initial consultation, in which the project's aims and scope are discussed, the librarian typically:
Librarians keep detailed records throughout the process to ensure transparency.
For questions about the systematic review service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.