Welcome to the Brunel University London Library guide on producing systematic reviews of the literature.
The dictionary of public health defines systematic review as:
"A method of analysis based on pooled data from as many sources as possible, preferably, but not necessarily, using exactly comparable research studies. In this respect, a systematic review may not be quite the same as a meta-analysis, which relies on comparable studies. The aim is to make maximum use of the best available evidence from all available sources in evidence-based decision making."
The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York have provided a free guide that we recommend reading.
"The book is highly recommended for statistically-minded medical researchers who need solutions to commonly encountered problems in the review of medical studies, and also for reviewers and practitioners." The Lancet
High quality systematic reviews seek to: