A systematic review is essentially a systematic investigation of existing research data identified via a reproducible systematic search leading to data abstraction, appraisal of methodological quality, clinical relevance and consistency of published evidence on a specific clinical topic in order to provide clear suggestions for a specific health care problem. This can be followed by a quantitative synthesis, which, preserving the identity of individual studies, tries to provide an estimate of the overall effect of an intervention, exposure or diagnostic strategy. The latter is called a meta-analysis. This chapter outlines the procedure that needs to be followed to execute a standard systematic review.
|Title of host publication||Methods of Clinical Epidemiology|
|Editors||Suhail A. R. Doi, Gail M. Williams|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Apr 2013|
|Name||Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health|
Clark, J. (2013). Systematic reviewing: Introduction, locating studies and data abstraction. In S. A. R. Doi, & G. M. Williams (Eds.), Methods of Clinical Epidemiology (pp. 187-211). (Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37131-8_12