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Systematic Reviews: Guides, Manuals, Standards

Learn how the library can support you with your systematic review.

Guides, Manuals, Standards for Conducting a Systematic Review

AMSTAR (A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews)
The site includes the AMSTAR checklist, an 11 point checklist to assess systematic reviews.

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
version 5.1.0 [updated March 2011]
The handbook provides methodological guidance for preparation and maintenance of Cochrane Intervention reviews

CRD's (Center for Reviews and Dissemination) Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in Health Care

Equator Network
International initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of reporting guidelines

Institute of Medicine, Report at a Glance, Standards for Systematic Reviews, 2011
The Report includes Standards for Initiating a Systematic Review, Standards for Finding and Assessing Individual Studies, Standards for Synthesizing the Body of Evidence and Standards for Reporting Systematic Reviews

Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, January 2014
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHQR) guide for writing a comparative effectiveness review

PRISMA - Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.  The PRISMA statement contains a 27 item checklist which includes title, abstract, methods, results, discussion and funding.  It also contains a four-phase flow diagram that depicts the flow of information through the different phases of a systematic review including identification, screening, eligibility and studies included.  A PRISMA Flow Diagram Generator is available to help create your flow diagrams.

Also consider guidelines from your own discipline!  Here is one example:  Academy of Neurology Systematic Review and Guideline Development Process.

Consider where you are going to publish.  Does the publisher have specific requirements?  Check previously published systematic reviews published in that journal.


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