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Conducting a Systematic Review

Class Description

Conducting a Systematic Review: An Overview

Have you ever considered conducting a systematic review? This overview class will present the process, some standards and tools for conducting a systematic review. This includes framing your question, developing your protocol and methodology including a thorough search strategy, and tools for managing your references and screening data. The role of the librarian in the process emphasized.

OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this session participants will:

  • Define a systematic review.
  • Know the steps involved in conducting a systematic review.
  • Understand the importance of the search in the systematic review.
  • Identify resources and tools available for assistance in conducting the review.
  • Understand the potential role of the librarian in the systematic review process.

Tools for Screening and Selection

 

In your protocol you have already established the eligibility criteria for inclusion. In other words, what does the study need to look like in order to answer your research question? What is the population? Age? Time frame? Problem? Intervention?

Since you have cast a wide net and completed a rigorous search, you have many studies from which to choose. You will now use this criteria for screening and selecting.

Remember, screening and selection requires two or more reviewers to work independently from one another. This reduces any chance of bias.

Here are two tools that may help in this process:

Covidence logo

 

Covidence is a web based tool that streamlines your ability to screen, select, as well as extract the data from the selected studies for your systematic review. Outside of the free trial. Covidence is fee based. 

 

Rayyan QCRI

Rayyan is similar to Covidence but less costly. It too is a web-tool that dramatically speeds up the process of sorting, screening and selecting studies. Unlike Covidence it is free, but also unlike Covidence, Rayyan does not go beyond the selection process to the data extraction phase.

 

Systematic Review Class Recording

This webinar was originally recorded on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 12PM EST as part of the Touro Faculty Research Series.