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Systematic Reviews

Checklists and Tools for Risk of Bias and Quality Assessment

Free Software for Screening and Data Extraction

Taylor, Mahtani, K. R., & Aronson, J. K. (2021). Summarising good practice guidelines for data extraction for systematic reviews and meta-analysis. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, 26(3), 88–90.  

Systematic Review Toolbox an online catalogue of tools that support various tasks within the systematic review and wider evidence synthesis process

SRDR+  Free tool from AHRQ for data extraction, management and archival during systematic reviews

PICO Portal Free individual user license; assists with identifying relevant citations, de-duplication, screening, full-text review, and evidence mapping

Template for intervention description and replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide  provides data extraction and study characterlistics examples

Rayyan is a free systematic review web app

COLANDR  is an open access, machine-learning assisted tool for conducting evidence synthesis.

DistillerSR (free with student program)Includes AI feature to help rank screening. Predict screening time with time averages.

Covidence The primary screening and data extraction tool for Cochrane authors, free trial 

Abstrackr is a free online tool that helps you upload and organize the results of a literature search for a systematic review. It also makes it possible for your team to screen, organize, and manipulate all of your abstracts in one place.

Synthesizing and Writing

Discussing the findings in Hewitt-Taylor, J. (2017). The essential guide to doing a health and social care literature review . Routledge.

Using Excel to Find Systematic Review Patterns

Guidance on the Conduct of Narrative Synthesis in Systematic Reviews A Product from the ESRC Methods Programme

Cochrane Handbook Chapter 9: Summarizing study characteristics and preparing for synthesis