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Occupational Therapy Research Guide

SJSU King Library Resource Guide for Occupational Therapy Students, Faculty, and Practitioners.

Key Characteristics of a systematic review

What is a systematic Review?

Authors conducting a systematic review attempt to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. 

Key characteristics of a systematic review are:

  • a clearly stated set of objectives with pre-defined eligibility criteria for studies
  • an explicit, reproducible methodology
  • a systematic search that attempts to identify all studies that would meet the eligibility criteria
  • an assessment of the validity of the findings of the included studies, for example through the assessment of risk of bias
  • a systematic presentation, and synthesis, of the characteristics and findings of the included studies. 

Source: Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions

Conducting systematic reviews

Finding Systematic Reviews

The database you will use will depend on your topic. Read the database description for subjects covered.