Systematic reviewing: Introduction, locating studies and data abstraction

Justin Clark

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods of Clinical Epidemiology
EditorsSuhail A. R. Doi, Gail M. Williams
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-37131-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-37130-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health
ISSN (Print)1869-7933
ISSN (Electronic)1869-7941


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