A practical overview of how to conduct a systematic review
Dilla Davis Education development practitioner, Acute Medicine and Community Services, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, England
With an increasing focus on evidence-based practice in healthcare, it is important that nurses understand the principles underlying systematic reviews. Systematic reviews are used in healthcare to present a comprehensive, policy-neutral, transparent and reproducible synthesis of evidence. This article provides a practical overview of the process of undertaking systematic reviews, explaining the rationale for each stage. It provides guidance on the standard methods applicable to every systematic review: writing and registering a protocol; planning a review; searching and selecting studies; data collection; assessing the risk of bias; and interpreting results.
Nursing Standard. 31, 12, 60-71. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10316Correspondence
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 21 October 2015
Accepted: 15 April 2016