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How to get started with a systematic review in epidemiology: an introductory guide for early career researchers.

Denison, HJ; Dodds, RM; Ntani, G; Cooper, R; Cooper, C; Sayer, AA; Baird, J; (2013) How to get started with a systematic review in epidemiology: an introductory guide for early career researchers. Arch Public Health , 71 (1) 21-. 10.1186/0778-7367-71-21.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Systematic review is a powerful research tool which aims to identify and synthesize all evidence relevant to a research question. The approach taken is much like that used in a scientific experiment, with high priority given to the transparency and reproducibility of the methods used and to handling all evidence in a consistent manner.Early career researchers may find themselves in a position where they decide to undertake a systematic review, for example it may form part or all of a PhD thesis. Those with no prior experience of systematic review may need considerable support and direction getting started with such a project. Here we set out in simple terms how to get started with a systematic review. DISCUSSION: Advice is given on matters such as developing a review protocol, searching using databases and other methods, data extraction, risk of bias assessment and data synthesis including meta-analysis. Signposts to further information and useful resources are also given. CONCLUSION: A well-conducted systematic review benefits the scientific field by providing a summary of existing evidence and highlighting unanswered questions. For the individual, undertaking a systematic review is also a great opportunity to improve skills in critical appraisal and in synthesising evidence.

Type: Article
Title: How to get started with a systematic review in epidemiology: an introductory guide for early career researchers.
Location: England
DOI: 10.1186/0778-7367-71-21
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1422659
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