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Clinical and Research Support

Not all reviews are created equal.

There are many types of review with different intentions and requiring 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?


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). 

Systematic reviews:

  • involve a high degree of rigour 
  • are done as a team project
    • multiple reviewers to reduce bias
    • statistical support
  • require significant time and effort
    • 12-18 months is typical

Consider whether you will be able to meet these requirements.

Read the PRISMA 2020 Statement (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) for a checklist of the steps involved in a systematic review.

See the types of review tab for more information.