Time (18 months, average)
The average systematic review requires 18 months of work. “…to find out about a healthcare intervention it is worth searching research literature thoroughly to see if the answer is already known. This may require considerable work over many months…” (Cochrane Collaboration)
Team Members (at minimum)
- Content expert
- 2 reviewers
- 1 tie breaker
- 1 statistician (meta-analysis)
- *1 information professional (librarian trained in systematic reviews)
Searching (Your Data Collection)
What is searched depends on the topic of the review but should include:
- At least 3 standard medical databases like PubMed/MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, etc
- At least 2 grey literature resources like Clinicaltrials.gov, SIGLE, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, etc
Citation Management System
You will need a citation management system like RefWorks or EndNote to deal with the large number of citations that you will be handling. RefWorks is licensed for U of C faculty, staff and students. Endnote is available for purchase at a discount through the U of C MicroStore.
Full Text Articles
Your librarian is not the appropriate person to obtain the full text of articles. It is a fairly straight forward, though time consuming, task that we can show you or someone on your team how to do.
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