Systematic Review Guidance

A systematic review uses repeatable analytical methods to collect secondary data and analyse it. It aims to identify, appraise and synthesise all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question.

The review protocol sets out the methods to be used in the review and provides an explicit plan for your work. Decisions about the review question, inclusion criteria, search strategy, study selection, data extraction, quality assessment, data synthesis and plans for dissemination should be addressed.

Our Information Specialists offer tailor-made training sessions to support you with searching for systematic reviews. Please visit the following page to book a session: Training

If you would like an Information Specialist embedded into your systematic review team, please email evidence@pat.nhs.uk. Leave your contact details and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements and determine the level of support we are able to offer.

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