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Systematic Reviews

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Welcome to the Systematic Review Infoguide.

Use this guide to discover resources available to you at Mason and online.

What is a Systematic Review?

Khan, K. S., Kunz, R., Kleijnen, J., & Antes, G. (2003). Five steps to conducting a systematic review. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine(3), 118–121.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539417/

  • STEP 1: FRAMING THE QUESTION  (PICO, inclusion/exclusion criteria)
  • STEP 2: IDENTIFYING RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS (Systematic Search)
  • STEP 3: ASSESSING STUDY QUALITY (Screening, evaluation of methodology)
  • STEP 4: SUMMARIZING THE EVIDENCE (Extracting data)
  • STEP 5: INTERPRETING THE FINDINGS (Synthesis)

VIDEO: Overview of Systematic Reviews https://youtu.be/RdZl-sSgx8c