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Systematic Reviews: Designing the Protocol

High-quality systematic reviews are designed to identify all relevant published and unpublished evidence and provide an unbiased synthesis of the findings.

Developing a Protocol

You need to develop a plan on how you'll conduct your systematic review before you begin. Your protocol should should explain the rationale for your systematic review, specify your research question in detail (PICO, study design, setting, time-frame), the information sources you'll search, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and how you'll manage the records, extract data, assess risk of bias, synthesize data, and grade the evidence.  Once you develop your protocol, you can register it in Prospero to notify others of your project.

Tools to help you plan the protocol

Register your protocol