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What kind of systematic review should I conduct? A proposed typology and guidance for systematic reviewers in the medical and health sciences

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Research Methodology, January 2018
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Title
What kind of systematic review should I conduct? A proposed typology and guidance for systematic reviewers in the medical and health sciences
Published in
BMC Medical Research Methodology, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12874-017-0468-4
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Authors

Zachary Munn, Cindy Stern, Edoardo Aromataris, Craig Lockwood, Zoe Jordan

Abstract

Systematic reviews have been considered as the pillar on which evidence-based healthcare rests. Systematic review methodology has evolved and been modified over the years to accommodate the range of questions that may arise in the health and medical sciences. This paper explores a concept still rarely considered by novice authors and in the literature: determining the type of systematic review to undertake based on a research question or priority. Within the framework of the evidence-based healthcare paradigm, defining the question and type of systematic review to conduct is a pivotal first step that will guide the rest of the process and has the potential to impact on other aspects of the evidence-based healthcare cycle (evidence generation, transfer and implementation). It is something that novice reviewers (and others not familiar with the range of review types available) need to take account of but frequently overlook. Our aim is to provide a typology of review types and describe key elements that need to be addressed during question development for each type. In this paper a typology is proposed of various systematic review methodologies. The review types are defined and situated with regard to establishing corresponding questions and inclusion criteria. The ultimate objective is to provide clarified guidance for both novice and experienced reviewers and a unified typology with respect to review types.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 1196 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 221 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 120 10%
Researcher 109 9%
Student > Bachelor 93 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 64 5%
Other 258 22%
Unknown 331 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 234 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 199 17%
Psychology 75 6%
Social Sciences 67 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 25 2%
Other 200 17%
Unknown 396 33%

Attention Score in Context

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