Introduction to systematic reviews 1

Learning objectives:

  • Be familiar with the rationale for systematic reviews
  • Understand the concept of bias
  • Be familiar with different types of questions that can be posed about the effects of health care interventions
  • Consider study designs which are most likely to give a valid answer to these questions
  • Be aware of practical problems in finding, appraising and synthesising non-RCT evidence

elevant sections of the Reviewers’ Handbook

  • Section 1.

Other relevant material

Rationale for systematic reviews by Cindy Mulrow (Mulrow CD. Rationale for systematic reviews. BMJ 1994; 309:597-9.)