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Systematic Reviews

Specialised advice for planning, researching and writing Systematic Reviews.

What is a protocol?

According to PRISMA, "a systematic review protocol describes the rationale, hypothesis, and planned methods of the review".

A protocol will help:

  1. define clear objectives for the review
  2. execute the review
  3. evaluate the success of the process and results of the review
  4. prevent duplication of research by others

This should be the last stage of the planning exercise once the topic is worked out and tested and the inclusion and exclusion criteria is determined.

Register the protocol

It is a good idea to register the protocol in a publicly accessible way as this will also help avoid other people starting a review on the same topic.

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