We highly recommend that you reach out to the library before you start a systematic review or meta-analysis! The librarians from our Systematic Review Service can guide you toward the appropriate methodologies and guidelines for your research question.
Stages of a systematic review
Gathering your team (Minimum of three)
Define your research question and inclusion criteria.
Write and register a research protocol.
Conduct and document an exhaustive, transparent, and reproducible search of the literature.
Screening results in two phases: titles/abstracts, full texts. Screening is done independently by two reviewers, with a third as a tiebreaker.
Managing & reporting all methods in a transparent and reproducible way.
Synthesizing the evidence (appraising the evidence, interpreting results, performing a qualitative and/or quantitative/meta-analysis-optional)
Drawing Conclusions, Writing & Publishing
Designed by Jessica Kaufman, Cochrane Consumers & Communication Review Group, Centre for Health Communication & Participation, La Trobe University, 2011.