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Doing a Systematic Review

Doing a Systematic Review
A Student's Guide

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November 2017 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written in a friendly, accessible style by an expert team of authors with years of experience in both conducting and supervising systematic reviews, this is the perfect guide to using systematic review methodology in a research project. It provides clear answers to all review-related questions, including:
  • How do I formulate an appropriate review question?
  • What’s the best way to manage my review?
  • How do I develop my search strategy?
  • How do I get started with data extraction?
  • How do I assess the quality of a study?
  • How can I analyse and synthesize my data?
  • How should I write up the discussion and conclusion sections of my dissertation or thesis?

Rumona Dickson, M. Gemma Cherry and Angela Boland
1. Carrying Out a Systematic Review as a Master's Thesis
Gerlinde Pilkington and Juliet Hounsome
2. Planning and Managing My Review
M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson
3. Defining My Review Question and Identifying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
Yenal Dundar and Nigel Fleeman
4. Developing My Search Strategy
Yenal Dundar and Nigel Freeman
5. Applying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
Nigel Fleeman and Yenal Dundar
6. Data Extraction: Where Do I Begin?
Janette Greenhalgh and Tamara Brown
7. Quality Assessment: Where Do I Begin?
Michaela Brown and Marty Richardson
8. Understanding and Synthesizing Numerical Data from Intervention Studies
M. Gemma Cherry
9. Writing My Discussion and Conclusions
M. Gemma Cherry and Gerlinde Pilkington
10. Disseminating My Review
M. Gemma Cherry, Helen Smith, Elizabeth Perkins and Angela Boland
11. Reviewing Qualitative Evidence
Angela Boland, Sophie Beale and M. Gemma Cherry
12. Reviewing Economic Evaluations
Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson
Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson

"Placing myself in the capable hands of this trusted guide allows me to draw on practical tips and concise explanations without the nagging fear that I've missed something. If you want to travel light, unencumbered by unnecessary baggage, making steady progress to successfully complete your very own systematic review journey then climb on board!"

Andrew Booth
University of Sheffield

Insightful, pragmatic and student-centred.  This user-friendly guide will help students build confidence and skills while maintaining enthusiasm through their whole research journey.

Cary A Brown
University of Alberta

It’s like having the map to finding a buried treasure!

This book offers a blueprint for successfully and easily conducting a systematic review. The authors present the material in a clear, relatable and comprehensible manner enabling even the novice student to navigate the sometimes murky waters of the review process. This book is a MUST in the arsenal of every masters and doctoral student conducting systematic reviews, and will likely be pulled from the bookshelf time and time again.

Jill Firtell
University of Bath

It will be one of the key texts to the module. The assessment regards carrying out a systematic review on a chronic condition of the student's choice.

Professor Anne Manyande
Department of Psychology, University of West London
July 17, 2023

Easy to follow and students will like it

Jennifer Mak
Business, Marshall University
April 17, 2023

THis book has allowed for the planning of the module to be carried out and with the adoption of this for essential reading will allow the students to compile their information readily. The information and resources within the book are a great expansion to the information within.

Mrs karen Cooke
Sport and Public Services, The Manchester College
June 5, 2023

Absolutely fabulous - comprehensive guidance for anyone either doing or wishing to support support students with SLR.

Mrs Rebecca Rippon
Acute Adult Care, Chester University
November 11, 2022

This book is well aimed at the MSc level student undertaking a systematic review.
The book is well divided into appropriate chapters, guiding the student through each important section before moving on to the next section.
The technical terms are well expressed in language that the student can understand.
After each section there are some examples of frequently asked questions which are really useful.
I would definitely have this book on the desirable reading list for the projects module as a useful resource to help guide the students.

Mr Nick Hurst
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University
June 29, 2022

This is a must for students and researchers new to sistematic reviews. Writen in a very clear and accesible way. The road map is especially interesting.

Professor Catarina do Vale Brandão
Faculty of Psychology & Educ Science, University of Porto
October 20, 2021

Useful step by step guide for students doing a dissertation by systematic review. Tone of the chapters is encouraging so students feel that this is a task within their grasp. The book does not assume prior knowledge, rather it explains terms in plain english

Carol Williams
Institute of Nursing & Midwifery (Brighton), Brighton University
April 9, 2021

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