An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

© 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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

This book is informative and accessible. It is my recommended text for any nursing student wishing to understand more about systematic review and/or to attempt a qualitative or quantitative systematic review for their UG or PG dissertation.

Dr Gabrielle Thorpe
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
July 6, 2015

This is an interesting, well written book and an excellent resource.

Mr Marcus Percy
Sch. of Nursing, Midwifery & Social W., Manchester University
June 25, 2015

This is an excellent book for Masters and Doctoral students.

It is well structured and provides clear guidance through the process of completing a systematic review.

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
March 5, 2015

This book is recommended for postgraduate students and is excellent handbook for researchers interesting in doing systematic reviews.

Mrs. Adalheidur Sigurdardottir, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland.

Mrs Adalheidur Sigurdardottir
Faculty of Odontology, University of Iceland
December 10, 2014

This introduction to the world of systematic reviews is immensely accessible, readable and appropriate for my undergraduate students of health, in particular as they are not native English speakers. The book is full of practical applications and examples, with easy to follow diagrammes and flowcharts. I particularly like the boxed text that highlights myths; these have given me topical discussion points to use in class.

Ms Amanda Ryan
Institut des sciences et techniques de la réadaptation, University of Lyon I - Claude Bernard
September 25, 2014

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