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HSLS Systematic Review Program

Questions to Consider

Ask yourself:

  • What specific research questions do I want to address?

  • How much time do I have to work on the review?

  • Do I have a team to assist me?

  • How much of the published literature do I need to review?

  • Does my lit search need to be reproducible?

Narrative Review

Provides an overview of a topic, highlights important or critical aspects of a topic, or traces the historical development of a topic or concept

Scoping Review

Systematically examines the range, extent or nature of literature on a topic or question

Review of Reviews

Synthesizes the results of existing systematic reviews on a topic or question

  • Pollock M, Fernandes RM, Becker LA, Pieper D, Hartling L. Chapter V: Overviews of Reviews. In: Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions version 6.3 (updated February 2022). Cochrane, 2022.

Rapid Review

Appropriate for emerging questions requiring quick answers