Getting Started

Let’s review. At this point in your systematic review, you’ve assembled a team, taken a quick look at the existing literature, and developed a clear, specific set of research questions using PICO(D).

You are now ready to start identifying studies that might answer your questions.

This step includes two tasks:

  1. devise a strategy to comb through databases and other sources of information to find potential studies and
  2. screen the potential studies to eliminate those that are clearly not relevant so that you can focus on the much smaller subset that are much more likely to be relevant.

But before you dive head first into PubMed, you need to take one important step.

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