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Evidence Synthesis / Systematic Reviews

Essential Elements for  Completing a Systematic Review. Question. You should have a clear, well defined question that is narrow in scope and has not been the subject of a recent high quality systematic review. Team. A systematic review is not a single person project. At a minimum you need 3 people to conduct screening of the articles. Your team should include members who are subject experts on the topic and methodological experts with systematic review experience. Time.The average time to complete a systematic review from development to finished manuscript 12-18 months. Protocol. A protocol is a road map of your review. It details your plan for searching, screening, and analyzing.