Systematic Reviews in the Health Sciences
Standards and Guidelines
The Institute of Medicine's Finding what works in health care: standards for systematic reviews establishes best practices for all stages of a systematic review
Cochrane Handbooks: The Cochrane Collaboration has a handbook for systematic reviews of interventions, and one for systematic reviews of tests of diagnostic accuracy.
PRESS (Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies) is a guideline for peer-reviewing systematic literature searches. The guideline is described in this article, and Appendix A is a downloadable Word version of the reviewing template. A more in-depth explanation and elaboration on the guideline can be found at https://www.cadth.ca/resources/finding-evidence/press.
PRISMA helps authors to improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Increasingly, journals require authors of systematic reviews to use this tool, which consists of a checklist of required elements that should be reported, and a diagram documenting the flow of articles identified, appraised, and included/excluded.
- PRISMA Checklist and Flow Diagram
- PRISMA Diagram Generator - generates a PRISMA flow diagram that includes search result numbers by individual database
ENTREQ (Enhancing Transparency in Reporting the Synthesis of Qualitative Research) is a a reporting standard for qualitative evidence syntheses.
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