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Clinical and Research Support

Types of Review

Not all reviews are created equal.

There are many types of review. They have different intentions and require very different amounts of input.

Think about:

  • What are you trying to do?
    • Definitively answer a very specific question?
    • Provide a quick overview of current thinking?
    • Scope out what evidence exists around a topic?


  • How many resources do you have available?
    • Are you doing the review as an individual or as a team?
    • How much time do you have?
    • How much rigour do you intend to apply to the process?

Consider these questions when thinking about what kind of review you are going to do.

Organisations such as The Cochrane Library or The Joanna Briggs Institute have very detailed specifications on how a systematic review should be done (see Systematic Reviews - Resources tab).  Consider whether you will be able to meet these requirement.














See the types of review tab for more information.