What is a systematic review?
A systematic review "is a scientific investigation that focuses on a specific question and uses explicit, prespecified scientific methods to identify, select, assess, and summarize the findings of similar but separate studies. It may include a quantitative synthesis (meta-analysis), depending on the available data." IOM pg. 1
Why do clinicians create and use systematic reviews?
"Healthcare decision makers in search of the best evidence to inform clinical decisions have come to rely on systematic reviews (SRs). Well-conducted SRs systematically identify, select, assess, and synthesize the relevant body of research, and will help make clear what is known and not known about the potential benefits and harms of alternative drugs, devices, and other healthcare services. Thus, SRs of comparative effectiveness research (CER) can be essential for clinicians who strive to integrate research findings into their daily practices, for patients to make well-informed choices about their own care, for professional medical societies and other organizations that develop CPGs, and for payers and policy makers." IOM pgs. 17-18
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