This is a primary, comprehensive textbook for people who are considering undertaking a piece of health-related research. It is an accessible companion with the aim of getting the reader to think broadly about all of the issues that need to be considered when embarking on a project. This is a pragmatic book, a step-by-step guide to research which mirrors the structure of a research project, taking you through the thought process for designing and conducting your study from formulating the right research question at idea inception, ascertaining what methodologies and analysis can answer what type of questions, right through to dissemination, all presented in an easy, digestible style. The book is full of case study illustrations and practical tips such as how to work out a research budget and obtaining funding for your project, discussion of what permissions need to obtained when conducting research with people, and how to involve public and patients. The authors are all experienced researchers and so this book is an accumulation of collective wisdom on common research challenges and issues.
Chapter 14: Systematic Reviews
- To know the rationale for a systematic review and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this method
- To be able to distinguish and critique the differences between a systematic review and a narrative review
- To have a good knowledge of the five main stages to a systematic review
- To appreciate when synthesising findings from studies may be appropriate
- To be able to build a team with the relevant expertise required to conduct a systematic review
More than 2 million articles are published each year in biomedical literature. Therefore in our roles as researchers, health providers and policy-makers, we are inundated with unmanageable quantities of information from studies. How can we possibly make sense of all of this information so that we ...