Literature reviews—systematic, but how and why?

Irene A. Kreis and David A. Cromwell

in Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection

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Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663415
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191759116 | DOI:
Literature reviews—systematic, but how and why?

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Reviewing the literature is an essential part of the work of public health practitioners and environmental epidemiologists. There are many books and publications on how to conduct systematic reviews but a common weakness is that they focus on the evaluation of health care interventions and may be less applicable to environmental health studies. It is important to keep the aim of the review at the forefront of your mind to ensure that the decisions about how it is conducted are appropriate. Focusing on the aim will help to produce a review that is informative and whose methods are transparent and rigorous.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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