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Nursing Guide: Systematic Reviews

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The 3 main databases recommended for finding Systematic Reviews are:

Systematic Reviews


Key characteristics of a Systematic Review are:

  • a clearly stated set of objectives with pre-defined eligibility criteria for studies
  • an explicit, reproducible methodology
  • a systematic search that attempts to identify all studies that would meet the eligibility criteria
  • an assessment of the validity of the findings of the included studies, for example through the assessment of risk of bias
  • a systematic presentation, and synthesis, of the characteristics and findings of the included studies.

                                                                                                                                                (Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, 2011)

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