Introduction to systematic reviews for librarians

Published on February 29, 2016   28 min

Other Talks in the Series: Libraries in a Digital Age

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Hello, my name is Lindsey Sikora, and I'm the Health Sciences Research Liaison Librarian at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My presentation is entitled Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians. And I hope that this presentation will help librarians who are not only new to doing systematic reviews, but also provide new tips and tricks for librarians who have been doing systematic reviews for a while. I should note that this presentation for systematic reviews is not exhaustive but merely to be used as a potential guiding tool.
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The purpose of this presentation is twofold. Our first objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of the systematic review process from start to finish. However, that being said, librarians are not always involved in all steps of a systematic review. This brings us to our second objective where we will explore the key areas where librarians can help their researchers with their systematic review questions.
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But before we get started, and for those of you who may not know exactly what a systematic review is, I'd like to outline what that is. A systematic review attempts to gather all the empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. This criteria needs to be very specific in order to capture all the relative primary research studies. It uses explicit systematic methods that are selected with a view to minimize bias, thus providing more reliable findings from which conclusions can be drawn and decisions can be made.
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So what exactly are the characteristics of a systematic review? Well, they include the following: A clearly stated set of objectives with predefined eligibility criteria for studies. It also has an explicit reproducible methodology. A systematic search that attempts to identify all studies that would meet the eligibility criteria. An assessment of the validity of the findings of the included studies, for example, through the assessment of risk of bias. And lastly, a systematic presentation and synthesis of the characteristics and findings of those included studies.
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