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.
At the end of this session participants will:
This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 as part of the Touro Faculty Research Series.
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. Keep in mind, Covidence goes beyond the initial screening process and into selecting, it also allows you to extract the data.
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. It can also Generate this PRISMA flow diagram and can export quality assessment, risk of bias, and study data to RevMan to generate reports and MetaAnalysis.
Outside of the free trial though, Covidence is fee based.
RevMan 5 (desktop version) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews. RevMan facilitates preparation of protocols and full reviews, including text, characteristics of studies, comparison tables, and study data. It can perform meta-analysis of the data entered, and present the results graphically.