Systematic Review is a type of evidence summary that uses a rigorous scientific approach to combine results from a body of original research studies into a clinically meaningful whole.
Systematic Reviews are critical in assisting clinicians, patients, and policy makers keep up with the hundreds of thousands of new and often conflicting studies published every year.
Multiple literature databases are searched
Searches are thorough, reproducible, and include the full search strategy
Track numbers of citations and duplicates=PRISMA
From Murphy, M. P., Staffileno, B. A., & Foreman, M. D. (2018). Research for Advanced Practice Nurses, Third Edition: From Evidence to Practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company
Steps in Systematic Review SEARCH Process:
Locate a SR (Cochrane Collection is also a good resource) on a topic close to yours and look at their methods, search terms, databases, etc.
Keep meticulous documentation of searches (print and electronic copies); save searches in each database (Example documentation)
Create PRISMA flow diagram for systematic and integrative reviews