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|