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Systematic Reviews: Introduction

Why are they so important?

Evidence Based Pyramid

Systematic reviews provide one of the highest levels of evidence and make recommendations to guide clinicians and administrators to make decisions about policy and best practices.  

What are Systematic Reviews?

Systematic reviews gather ALL the relevant studies that have already been conducted on a specific clinical question.

They evaluate the studies, select the best ones, and synthesize their findings.

If they have found enough good quality studies, systematic reviews give clinical recommendations. 

Why are they called "systematic?"

They're called "systematic" because they use pre-defined, rigorous, methodical, and clearly documented methods in each step of the research process. This reduces bias and ensures that the research is transparent so that readers can assess their quality.

What are Systematic Reviews