What Is a Systematic Review?
A systematic review is a comprehensive literature search that tries to answer a well-defined question (often using the PICO model) & uses existing research as evidence. A protocol is used to determine what is & is not included in the search. Systematic reviews are often used as the foundation for a meta analysis (a statistical process that combines the findings from individual studies) & to re-evaluate clinical guidelines.
The Informationist's Role in the Systematic Review
"Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy." (Institute of Medicine, Standards for Systematic Reviews, 3.1.1)
If you are thinking about or working on a systematic review, the informationists of the Taubman Health Sciences Library can help. We can:
- Identify search terms
- Create comprehensive search strategies
- Choose the right databases & resources
- Assist in finding relevant articles
- Organize search results using citation management software
- Write the methodology section of the review.
Please contact us for more information about how we can collaborate with you & your team.
Do I Need a Systematic Review?
It is important to know if what you need is actually a systematic review. Consider the following questions before you begin.