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Systematic Reviews

A guide directing researchers on the systematic review process. Layout based on Doing a Systematic Review: A Student's Guide, 2nd Edition, by Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry, and Rumona Dickson.

Reporting Results


PRISMA Recommendations

The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines provide a list of what to include when reporting results in a systematic review (Page et. al, 2021). See the PRISMA Checklist for more information.

  • Study selection
  • Study characteristics
  • Risk of bias in studies
  • Results of individual studies
  • Results of syntheses
  • Reporting biases
  • Certainty of evidence



When illustrating the systematic review process, it is helpful to provide visuals for reviewers to understand your methods. Luckily, PRISMA offers flowchart templates for researchers to use. See below for flowchart resources.

Note: another benefit to using Covidence is that during the literature screening process, Covidence automatically creates PRISMA flowcharts reflecting the screening process as researchers move through the literature.