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See chapter 5 for more detail. You should also "publish the final report in a manner that ensures free public access" (Eden et al., 2011, p. 217).
For more help writing:
The Joanna Briggs Institute has an excellent guide that will help in writing the review.
Cochrane's handbook is another good reference.
Using PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) will also help in writing the review.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that systematic review teams “work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy.” (Standard 3.1.1)
Selected Gumberg librarians are expert searchers with advanced training on how to conduct comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews. By meeting with the librarians during the earliest stages of planning, they can help you develop and conduct the complex literature searches required for systematic reviews.
Some specific ways that the librarians can help you include:
If you would like a librarian to participate in your systematic review, please complete this form.
Finding What Works in Health Care (p. 176) details the best practices for performing a qualitative analysis:
-"Describe the clinical and methodological characteristics of the included studies"
-"Describe the strengths and limitations of individual studies and patterns across studies"
-"Describe...how flaws in the design or execution of the study...could bias the results"
-"Describe the relationships between the characteristics of the individual studies and their reported findings and patterns across studies"
-"Discuss the relevance of individual studies to the populations, comparisons, cointerventions, settings, and outcomes or measures of interest"
(Eden et al., 2011, p. 176)
-"Use expert methodologists to develop, execute, and peer review the meta-analyses."
-"Address heterogeneity among study effects"
-"Accompany all estimates with measures of statistical uncertainty"
-"Assess the sensitivity of conclusions to changes in the protocol, assumptions, and study selection" (Eden et al., 2011, p. 187)