40
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
0 collections
    0
    shares
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: not found

      Systematic reviews: synthesis of best evidence for clinical decisions.

      1 , ,
      Annals of internal medicine
      American College of Physicians

      Read this article at

      ScienceOpenPublisherPubMed
      Bookmark
          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.

          Abstract

          Systematic reviews can help practitioners keep abreast of the medical literature by summarizing large bodies of evidence and helping to explain differences among studies on the same question. A systematic review involves the application of scientific strategies, in ways that limit bias, to the assembly, critical appraisal, and synthesis of all relevant studies that address a specific clinical question. A meta-analysis is a type of systematic review that uses statistical methods to combine and summarize the results of several primary studies. Because the review process itself (like any other type of research) is subject to bias, a useful review requires clear reporting of information obtained using rigorous methods. Used increasingly to inform medical decision making, plan future research agendas, and establish clinical policy, systematic reviews may strengthen the link between best research evidence and optimal health care.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          Journal
          Ann Intern Med
          Annals of internal medicine
          American College of Physicians
          0003-4819
          0003-4819
          Mar 01 1997
          : 126
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
          Article
          10.7326/0003-4819-126-5-199703010-00006
          9054282
          37566693-9d67-41e9-80b6-28da2dd22b22

          Comments

          Comment on this article