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Systematic reviews

A systematic review is a high-level overview of primary research on a particular research question that tries to identify, select, synthesise and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to that question in order to answer it.

Main stages of a systematic review

An introduction to the process of systematic review is included in:


Planning the review

Don’t underestimate the time needed to complete a systematic review. The Cochrane Handbook includes an example timeline.

Support for RCOG Fellows, Members and Trainees

  • For help with the planning stages of a review, Fellows, Members and Trainees can email the RCOG Library team to request:
    • advice on whether the topic is appropriate as a systematic review and help to define the question and eligibility criteria.
    • a scoping search to determine the number of available studies.
    • a search for recently published or ongoing systematic reviews on the topic.
      We will search databases such as Cochrane Database of SRs, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects; Medline, Embase, Evidence search, Tripdatabase, PROSPERO, Joanna Briggs Institute, and Health evidence.

You will receive a list of titles/abstracts/publication details and links to full text/more information where available.

For help undertaking a systematic review

The National Guideline Alliance provides services at preferential rates for RCOG Fellows, Members and Trainees. The service is flexible to meet your specific needs, so to discuss a requirement, please fill out the form and we will get back to you to discuss in more detail.

Please note, services offered are subject to availability so we encourage you to provide as much notice as possible.


Further resources and tools to use when undertaking a systematic review


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