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Undertaking a systematic review: the road to successful completion

Yorke, J and Fleming, SL 2008, 'Undertaking a systematic review: the road to successful completion' , Journal of Research in Nursing, 13 (4) , pp. 282-298.

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    Abstract

    The systematic review is an important research method that allows for the critical analysis of the results from a range of existing studies to answer research questions. The findings can be used to inform clinical decisions, as well as the development of protocols and guidelines. The aim of this paper is to explore the steps involved in undertaking a Cochrane systematic review and to encourage more nurses to participate in this world wide collaboration to answer questions that are relevant to nursing practice. The first stage of a review involves initiating a focussed clinical question in which the patient group or problem is identified as are the intervention, comparison and outcome, which will become the focus of study. Each review is guided by a protocol that is subject to peer review and followed by a structured search of the worldwide literature on the subject. Quality assessment and data extraction are done systematically and subject to cross-checking. The results are analysed using statistical methods, including meta-analysis. Publication is electronic in the Cochrane Library and many will also be published in other journals. As with all research, findings should be presented in a way that enables the reader to assess whether the review can be applied to their patient.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: systematic review, Cochrane reviews, randomised controlled trial,quantitative data, statistical methods, meta-analysis
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Research in Nursing
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1361-4096
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 16:40
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:00
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2381

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