Writing a systematic review

Ng, K.H. and Peh, W.C. (2010) Writing a systematic review. Singapore Medical Journal, 51 (5). pp. 362-6. ISSN 0037-5675, DOI 20593139.

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20593139


Evidence-based medicine (EBM) aims to combine the best available scientific evidence with clinical experience and individual judgment of patient needs. In the hierarchy of scientific evidence, systematic reviews (along with meta-analyses) occupy the highest levels in terms of the quality of evidence. A systematic review is the process of searching, selecting, appraising, synthesising and reporting clinical evidence on a particular question or topic. It is currently considered the best, least biased and most rational way to organise, gather, evaluate and integrate scientific evidence from the rapidly-changing medical and healthcare literature. Systematic reviews could be used to present current concepts or serve as review articles and replace the traditional expert opinion or narrative review. This article explains the structure and content of a systematic review.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Biomedical Imaging and Interventional Journal, c/o Department of Biomedical Imaging, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia. dwing@tm.net.my
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-Based Medicine; Review Literature as Topic
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 17 May 2011 02:35
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 01:28
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1253

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