High quality systematic reviews aim to:
(University of York, 10 tips for Systematic Reviews)
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Intervention - the official guide that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions.
University of York Library: 10 tips for Systematic Reviews - useful guide to undertaking systematic reviews.
The difference between a Systematic Review and a Literature Review - pictorial illustration of the main differences between systematic reviews and literature reviews (Kysh, L., University of Southern California).
Defining the review question and developing criteria for including studies
Searching for studies
Selecting studies and collecting data
Assessing risk of bias in included studies
Analysing data and undertaking meta-analyses
Addressing reporting biases
Presenting results and 'Summary of findings' tables
Interpreting results and drawing conclusions
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Intervention
This guide will provide guidance on the first three stages of the process.
Systematic reviews necessitate the provision of an accurate account of the processes undertaken to find evidence. Give details of:
PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement:
A range of checklists exist to help you in the process of assessing the quality and relevance of a systematic review (as well as other study designs). These include: