A systematic review summarises the results of available carefully designed healthcare studies (controlled trials) and provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Judgments may be made about the evidence and inform recommendations for healthcare.
These reviews are complicated and depend largely on what clinical trials are available, how they were carried out (the quality of the trials) and the health outcomes that were measured. Review authors pool numerical data about effects of the treatment through a process called meta-analyses. Then authors assess the evidence for any benefits or harms from those treatments. In this way, systematic reviews are able to summarise the existing clinical research on a topic.
From the 50 shades of review video (in the Recommended section), Andrew Booth talks about the review "family trees".
We are going to focus this unit in Systematic Review "Family". This family include Systematic Review of Effectiveness; Review Protocol; Review of Reviews/Overview; Umbrella Review; Meta-Analysis; Comparative Effectiveness Review; Diagnostic System Review; Review of Economic Evaluation; Systematic Review of Epidemiology Studies.
Usually, people are publishing their review protocols, which means that as librarians we can view these protocols to see if they are similar topics to reviews we're being asked to do. These review protocols are available through the database Prospero from Center for reviews and dissemination and are also published in some journals.
Let's talk about this: Have you ever based your search in a protocol found in Prospero or in a journal from a review with a related topic to your review?
After watching the webinar "50 shades of review", we would like to discuss your point of view about this topic: Why is a systematic review considered the most rigorous type of review?
Fifty Shades of Review - Andrew Booth. EAHIL CPD Pilot Program 2016-2017
This presentation is part of a CPD Pilot Program for the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL). Presenter: Andrew Booth.