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Systematic Reviews

What is a Systematic Review?

A systematic review attempts to collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. The key characteristics of a systematic review are:

  • a clearly defined question with inclusion and exclusion criteria;
  • a rigorous and systematic search of the literature;
  • two phases of screening (blinded, at least two independent screeners);
  • data extraction and management;
  • analysis and interpretation of results;
  • risk of bias assessment of included studies;
  • and report for publication.

Medical Center Library & Archives Presentations

The following presentation is a recording of the Getting Started with Systematic Reviews workshop (4/2022), offered by the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives. A NetID/pw is required to access the tutorial via Warpwire.