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Systematic Reviews: Getting Started

General Broad Steps

To get familiar with the characteristics of the systematic reviews, and know what it takes to conduct the project, we recommend to:

  1. understand the general broad steps in a systematic review process
  2. check out the books on systematic reviews and
  3. read a few systematic reviews produced in your field or on your research topic


Adapted from Cochrane Canada 2011. Session three: A 'snapshot' of the steps of conducting a Cochrane Review (part 1)

For a more detailed description of the systematic review steps, see Systematic review automation technologies. 2014.

Some Examples of Systematic Reviews


Campbell Systematic Review
The Impact of Detention on the Health of Asylum Seekers: A Systematic Review. 2015.

Cochrane Systematic Review
Insulin for the treatment of women with gestational diabetes. 2017.

Systematic Review conducted according to PRISMA Guideline
Acetaminophen for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review on Efficacy. 2016.

Books on Systematic Reviews

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

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