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Knowledge Syntheses: A How-To Guide

Overview of systematic review steps and resources to assist researchers conducting reviews

Why follow standards?

Systematic reviews are an integral part of evidence based practice, and efforts must be made to ensure every published systematic review is clear, accurate, and fully replicable. Because systematic reviews (and other types of knowledge syntheses) are produced around the world by a wide array of researchers and institutions, specialised organisations have developed sets of standards for the conduct and publication of systematic reviews and other research reviews.

Handbooks and Standards

Registering Your Systematic Review

Why register?

Conducting a systematic review is a lengthy and work-intensive project that can have lasting effects on the health research community. That is why it's important to be sure no previous systematic review work has already been completed on your topic. Registering your systematic review extends this courtesy to the community by alerting them about your research plans and progress.

Checklists, Templates, and Guides

Standards
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Review Management Software

Review management software tools are specifically tailored to the needs of knowledge synthesis teams. In addition to reference management, some of these tools can also help with data extraction, perform meta-analysis, track team progress, and facilitate communication between members. As indicated below, some of these tools are fee-based. You should also bear in mind that not every tool is appropriate for every kind of synthesis or review - be sure to choose the right fit for your project.

Books

Videos

Intro to Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses

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Other video resources

Other resources

Assessing the Quality of Systematic Reviews

Methodological Quality