Systematic Review Methods

Michael Saini

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online April 2011 | | DOI:
Systematic Review Methods

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A systematic review is a comprehensive, transparent, and systematic literature review method for preparing, maintaining, and disseminating high-quality evidence. In contrast to narrative reviews, systematic reviews follow standard protocols for locating, retrieving, screening, and synthesizing studies to answer questions relevant to practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. Systematic reviews are usually prepared by a team of reviewers, who together have a thorough understanding of both the content area and review methodology. Systematic reviews have largely focused on effectiveness questions of specific interventions. Recent attention has also focused on developing guidelines for systematic reviews of qualitative studies, diagnostic and prognostic tests, and observational studies.

Article.  5324 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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