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Systematic Review

Are you considering developing a systematic review on a topic, but unsure where to start? This guide will help you to get started.

Steps in a SR

SR Project Steps

1. Develop a research question. PICO or other question framing devices can be used to clarify your question.

2. Define inclusion and exclusion criteria

3. Run a database search to locate studies and document your strategies for each database.  

4. Select studies for inclusion

5. Assess quality of studies

6. Extract data.

7. Analyze and present results

8. Interpret results

9. Update the review as needed

*Note: These steps are derived from the NIH presentation "Undertaking a Systematic Review: What you Need to Know":