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Public Health: Systematic reviews

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Systematic literature searches in public health

A high quality systematic review should:

  • Identify all relevant published and unpublished evidence on a specific research topic
  • Select studies or reports for inclusion
  • Assess their quality
  • Synthesize the findings in an unbiased way
  • Interpret the findings and present a balanced and impartial summary

The Guide to Community Preventive Services describes more about systematic reviews for public health. Their reviews on specific public health topics contain findings and recommended interventions.

If you're conducting a systematic review for the first time or if you want to ensure you find all of the relevant literature, please Ask a Librarian.

Writing a review

Systematic review / protocol registries