This guide contains a general overview and practical tips for conducting a systematic review, up to the screening stage.
A systematic review aims to answer a specific research question using the best available evidence.
As the name suggests, a systematic review follows a methodical process of searching and evidence selection to minimise bias and present findings.
If done well, systematic reviews are highly reliable and can be used to inform policy, guidelines and decision-making for patient care.
The steps involved in a systematic review are as follows:
There may be disciplinary differences and norms for how particular steps are carried out.
As these steps suggest, conducting a systematic review is an involved process.
Click below to see how the work involved for a systematic review compares against a narrative review.