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Systematic Reviews: Systematic Review

A Synthesis and Evaluation of existing evidence

Systematic Reviews

Systematic Reviews: Systematic reviews are rigorous and comprehensive syntheses of existing evidence on a specific research question or topic. They follow a predefined protocol and systematic search strategy to identify, select, appraise, and synthesize relevant studies. Systematic reviews aim to minimize bias and provide a transparent and replicable summary of the available evidence.

  • Methodology: Systematic reviews follow a predefined protocol and systematic search strategy to identify, select, appraise, and synthesize relevant studies. They typically involve comprehensive searches of multiple databases, screening of search results based on predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria, critical appraisal of study quality, and synthesis of findings through narrative synthesis or meta-analysis.
  • Objectives: The primary objective of systematic reviews is to provide a comprehensive and unbiased summary of existing evidence on a specific research question or topic. They aim to inform decision-making, policy development, and clinical practice by synthesizing the best available evidence and identifying areas for further research.
  • Applications: Systematic reviews are widely used in healthcare, public health, social sciences, education, and other fields to inform evidence-based practice, policymaking, and research prioritization. They are often used to assess the effectiveness of interventions, identify risk factors for disease, explore the experiences and preferences of diverse populations, and evaluate the quality of existing evidence.