An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

  • David Gough - University College London, University of London
  • Sandy Oliver - University College London, University of London
  • James Thomas - University College London, University of London

© 2012 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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This timely, engaging book provides an overview of the nature, logic, diversity and process of undertaking systematic reviews as part of evidence informed decision making.


A focused, accessible and technically up-to-date book, it covers the full breadth of approaches to reviews from statistical meta analysis to meta ethnography. It is ideal for anyone undertaking their own systematic review - providing all the necessary conceptual and technical background needed to make a good start on the process.


The content is divided into five clear sections:


• Approaches to reviewing

• Getting started

• Gathering and describing research

• Appraising and synthesising data

• Making use of reviews/models of research use.


Easy to read and logically structured, this book is essential reading for anyone doing systematic reviews.


David Gough is Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice and Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre and Co-Editor of the journal Evidence & Policy.

Sandy Oliver is Professor of Public Policy and Deputy Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre.

James Thomas is Reader in Social Policy, Assistant Director of SSRU and Associate Direcctor of the EPPI-Centre.

David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas
Introducing Systematic Reviews
Rebecca Rees and Sandy Oliver
Stakeholder Perspectives and Participation in Reviews
David Gough and James Thomas
Commonality and Diversity in Reviews
Sandy Oliver, Kelly Dickson, and Mark Newman
Getting Started with a Review
Jeff Brunton and James Thomas
Information Management in Reviews
Ginny Brunton, Claire Stansfield & James Thomas
Finding Relevant Studies
Sandy Oliver and Katy Sutcliffe
Describing and Analysing Studies
Angela Harden and David Gough
Quality and Relevance Appraisal
James Thomas, Angela Harden and Mark Newman
Synthesis: Combining Results Systematically and Appropriately
Ruth Stewart and Sandy Oliver
Making a Difference with Systematic Reviews
David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas
Moving Forward

This is an excellent overview of systematic reviews of all kinds and is very helpful for showing students the ropes in preparing for their dissertations.

Dr Jenevieve Mannell
Institute for Global Health, University College London
September 21, 2016

easy to understand and well detailed with examples

Professor Anita Black
Criminal Justice, King College
July 7, 2015

This textbook is a great tool for teaching students the fundamental principals and procedures involved in conducting a systematic review. It provides a helpful framework for understanding a methodology which is not used as often as other methodologies.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology, Cornerstone Institute
January 28, 2016

This book explains the logic behind systematic reviews, which is useful when planning this methodology for master's research projects.

Ms Amanda van der Westhuizen
Psychology Department, University of Pretoria
November 12, 2015

systematic review will be much easier with this book. The book give pin point step to create correct systematic review

Mr Fitriyono Ayustaningwarno
Accounting , Wageningen University
October 19, 2015

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