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Systematic reviews

Elizabeth Halcomb Professor of primary health care nursing, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Ritin Fernandez Professor of nursing, University of Wollongong, and Centre for Research in Nursing and Health, St George Hospital, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Despite the increasing popularity of systematic reviews, there remains a need to ensure that they are conducted rigorously and provide an objective critical summary of research findings. The strength of a systematic review is its rigorous methodological approach to interrogating a body of literature. Both authors and readers should be familiar with the methodology used to conduct and evaluate systematic reviews. By way of introduction, this article explains and explores the steps that make up the systematic review process.

Nursing Standard. 29, 33, 45-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.33.45.e8868


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 12 February 2014

Accepted: 06 March 2014