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Systematic Reviews: Find Existing Systematic Reviews

This guide provides an overview of the systematic review process.

Finding and Appraising Existing Systematic Reviews

 

One of the initial phases of conducting a systematic review is to assess the need for one on your chosen topic.  You need to determine if there are existing published reviews, if so, do they meet quality criteria and do they need to be updated?  Even though a systematic review has been published, that doesn't mean that it is of good quality.  There are tools that you can use to determine if it truly meets the standards of rigor and reproducibility.  

Appraisal Tools