Descriptions and Visualizations, continued

Summarize by study

For a little more detail, you can also summarize your risk of bias decisions by study, showing how each study ranked for each domain.

Here’s an example of how to display that information:

This example looks nice and tidy, but beware: these charts can grow quickly if you have a lot of studies and a lot of domains. Also, this type of visualization would get too bulky if you displayed the risk of bias for each study’s outcome.

Once you’ve described your process, summarize your findings, and created some visualizations, you’ve completed your assessment of the studies in your systematic review.

But we’re not quite done. You’ll want to be aware of potential sources of bias when you combine these studies in your systematic review.