This module covers finding studies to be considered for inclusion in systematic reviews.
- Understand the key role of searching for studies in a systematic review
- Be aware of the variety of sources of reports of studies.
- Be able to discuss a logical approach to searching for studies
- Have discussed a search strategy with the appropriate Cochrane review group
- Be aware of the need to manage references and be aware of some ways of doing this
Relevant sections of the Reviewers’ Handbook
- Section 5
Other relevant material
- Lefebvre C, Clarke M. Identifying randomised controlled trials. In: Egger M, Davey Smith G, Altman D (eds). Systematic Reviews in Health Care. London: BMJ Publishing, 2001.
Where does this go in a Cochrane review?
- Under the heading ‘Search strategy’ in the text of the protocol and review.