Thursday, 22 January 2009

Systematic review method

a systematic review is a method of reviewing a large body of literature to
  • reduce information overload
  • leave an audit trail
  • avoid bias
  • inform policy
  • support practice (E.g. to fluoridate water supplies)
When to use?
  • when there's uncertainty,
  • when evidence is required
  • when questions are unanswered
  • to direct future research
See 7 stages in Petticrew (p27)

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