Useful Resources

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Introduction to systematic reviews

  • A comprehensive but very readable book on systematic reviews in healthcare: Egger, M; Davey Smith, G and Altman, D (Eds). Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context, 2nd Edition. 2001, BMJ Books; ISBN: 978-0-7279-1488-0
  • A book with a social science, not medical, emphasis:  Petticrew, Mark and Roberts, Helen. Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide. 2005, Wiley-Blackwell;ISBN: 978-1-4051-2110-1

 

Register your review

Before you start to perform a systematic review consider whether to register it prospectively. This will ensure that reviews are performed as planned, and also prevents duplication.

Consider  which organisation may be appropriate, then use their methodology for  your review.

 
  • Review in health or social care:
    - Effects of interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions, for which there is a health related outcome.
    - Long-term aim is to include details of all ongoing systematic reviews that have a health related outcome in the broadest sense (eg, reviews of risk factors and genetic associations)
    - http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/

 

Methodology

How to do a review

  • Egger, M; Davey Smith, G and Altman, D (Eds). Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context, 2nd Edition. 2001, BMJ Books; ISBN: 978-0-7279-1488-0
    - Chapter 12 on systematic reviews of observational studies

 

Literature searching

  • See below for lecture on Systematic Literature Searching by Sheila Fisken. 
 

Quality assessment

 

Reporting your review

 

Writing the paper

 

Lectures

Lecture 1 - Introduction to Systematic Reviews

Lecture 2 - Systematic Literature Searching  

Lecture 3 - Meta-Analysis in Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology

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