The UCLA Biomedical Library librarians are available to consult on systematic review projects. Unfortunately, due to our current staffing, this is limited to a one-hour consultation. At this time the librarians are not able to completely design search strategies.
According to the Cochrane Handbook, section 1.2.2, "the key characteristics of a systematic review are:
Green S, Higgins JPT, Alderson P, Clarke M, Mulrow CD, Oxman AD. Chapter 1: Introduction. In: Higgins JPT, Green S (editors), Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from www.cochrane-handbook.org.
A systematic review is fundamentally different from a traditional narrative review. For more information, see Types of Literature Reviews.
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The goal of a systematic review is to reduce bias and produce high quality evidence.
For more information about the types of reporting bias that necessitate an exhaustive literature search, see the Cochrane Bias Methods Group.
Rigorous systematic reviews are at the top of representations of research evidence (see below). The synthesis of multiple high-quality studies creates a single product out of all the best known evidence.