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Systematic Reviews in the Health Sciences

This guide will introduce you to the Systematic Review process.



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- Systematic Review Toolbox - a searchable online catalogue of tools to support systematic reviews -

- Rayyan - a free screening tool for systematic reviews and scoping reviews -

- JBI SUMARI available via subscribed OVID platform (Medline or APA PsycInfo) -

- Review Manager (RevMan) - software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews -

Guidelines and Other Resources

- Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions -

- PRISMA (Transparent Reporting of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) -

- Systematic Review Data Repository Plus (SRDR+) via AHRQ -

- PROSPERO (International prospective register of systematic reviews) -

- Data Extraction in Systematic Reviews: Navigating SRDR+ Tutorial by Dr. James Scott Parrott -

- “Doing Meta-Analysis in R” by Harer et al  (a free online book in, recommended by Dr. J. Scott Parrott -

- Systematic Review Toolbox - a searchable online catalogue of tools to support systematic reviews -


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