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SOWK 607 Advanced Practice with Small Systems

Instructors: Dr. Jill Dickie and Michelle Kreidler, Fall Semester 2019

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A Systematic Reviews is ....

 A Systematic Review (SR) is "a literature review focused on a specific research question, which uses explicit methods to minimize bias in the identification, appraisal, selection, and synthesis of all the high-quality evidence pertinent to the question." Source: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science

Note: "Statistical methods to synthesize the results of the included studies (meta-analysis) may or may not be used in the process." (EFSA, 2015). In other words, not all systematic reviews have meta-analysis. Systematic reviews are not all created equal.

A Systematic Review includes

  • A clearly stated set of objectives
  • An explicit, reproducible methodology
  • A systematic search
  • An assessment of the validity of the included studies
  • A systematic presentation of the results 


Levels of Evidence in the Literature

Pyramid of Evidence-Based Practice used in classifying levels of literature. Highest levels help in identifying the most effective interventions/treatment when answering research questions.