Searching for studies 6

This module covers finding studies to be considered for inclusion in systematic reviews.

Learning objectives

  • 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.