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Systematic Reviews: Planning, Writing, and Supporting: Process

Systematic Review Process Manuals and Standards

Major Four Standards

Cochrane Handbook

CRD’s Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in Health Care
"...provides practical guidance for undertaking evidence synthesis based on a thorough understanding of systematic review methodology."

Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews
from the Institute of Medicine (March 2011)

"PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses."

Other Standards

Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewer's Manual 
from the Joanna Briggs Institute (2017)

Methods for a Systematic Review
from EPPI-Centre

Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews
from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, April 2012

Searching for studies: a guide to information retrieval for Campbell systematic reviews
from the Campbell Collaboration

Summary Steps/Roles

Systematic Reviews: Steps and Roles
from "Supporting Systematic Reviews" workshops: Jan Glover and Karen Odato


Articles, Books, Chapters

Beverley CA, Booth A, Bath PA. The role of the information specialist in the systematic review process: a health information case study. Health Info Libr J, 2003 20(2), 65-74.

Egger M, Smith GD, Altman DG, Eds. Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context. BMJ Books, 2001.

Glasziou P, Irwig L, Bain C, Colditz G. Systematic reviews in health care: a practical guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Harris MR.  The librarian's roles in the systematic review process: a case study. J Med Libr Assoc, 2005 93(1), 81-87.

McKibbon KA. Systematic reviews and librarians. Library Trends, 2006 55(1), 202-215

Petticrew M, Roberts H. Systematic reviews in the social sciences: a practical guide. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. 

Swinkels A, Briddon J, Hall J.  Two physiotherapists, one librarian and a systematic literature review: collaboration in actionHealth Info Libr J 2006, 23(4), 248-256.

Has your Systematic Review already been written by someone else?

Search these resources for your topic:

Cochrane Library (CDSR/other reviews)
Joanna Briggs Institute
- Prospero International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews
PubMed Clinical Queries: Systematic Reviews