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What is a systematic review?
A high level overview of primary research on a focused question that identifies, selects, synthesizes, and appraises all high quality research evidence relevant to that question.
Because of the research methodoligies to combine data and remove bias, systematic reviews have the potential to be used in clinical practice and inform evidence-based guidelines.
Video: Overview of Systematic Reviews
View the video on YouTube (12:36)
Differences between systematic reviews and standard literature reviews
Guidance on locating different types of review articles on PubMed
Introduction to Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Note: this video was originally created for Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum for students enrolled in the MD program at Keck School of Medicine in Spring of 2014
Systematic Review vs. Literature Review
Overview of the Systematic Review Process
Tsafnat, G., Glasziou, P., Choong, M. K., Dunn, A., Galgani, F., & Coiera, E. (2014). Systematic review automation technologies. Systematic reviews , 3 (1), 74.