Answered By: Lisa Adriani
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2023     Views: 56

A systematic review is a document often written by a research team that provides a comprehensive review of all relevant studies on a particular clinical or health-related topic. The systematic review is created after reviewing and combining all the information from both published and unpublished studies and then summarizing the findings.

Beginning with a clearly formulated question, the research team then utilizes systematic and explicit methods to identify, select, and critically appraise any and all relevant primary research before extracting and analyzing data from the included studies. The methods used by the team must be reproducible and transparent. 

One advantage of systematic reviews is that they are considered more reliable and accurate than individual studies. They are considered a highly evidence-based resource.

The Cochrane Library contains Cochrane Reviews which are considered a leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. You can access tutorials for searching systematic reviews in Cochrane here.

How can the Cochrane Library help Healthcare Professionals? Watch this video.  

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