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Systematic reviews

Staff of Radboud University and Radboudumc can contact the information specialists of the University Library for help in developing expert search strategies.

Handbooks, tutorials and websites

Handbooks, tutorials and websites that may be helpful when planning or performing a systematic review.

Campbell Collaboration Education, Crime & Justice, Social Welfare
CEBC Evidence-Based Conservation
CEBMa Evidence-Based Management
CEE Environment
Cochrane Collaboration Healthcare
CRD Public Health, Social Care & Health Research
EPPI-Centre Education, Health Promotion, Participative Research & Policy
Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare (Bond University) Healthcare Practice
Joanna Briggs Institute Healthcare Practice
KCE Belgium Healthcare
SURE Specialist Unit Review Evidence Public Health
SYRCLE Laboratory Animal Experimentation

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy (in progress)
CRD Systematic Reviews
Guide to Conducting Systematic Reviews in Agri-Food Public Health
Guidelines and Standards for Evidence Synthesis in Environmental Management
Systematic Reviews in the social sciences: a practical guide by Petticrew & Roberts

Application of systematic review methodology to food and feed safety assessments (EFSA)
JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis
KCE Process Book – Methodological Approaches
Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) Manual
Standards for Systematic Reviews - Institute of Medicine
SYRCLE's starting guide for systematic reviews of preclinical animal intervention studies (pdf, 492 kB)
What Works Wellbeing: A guide to our EVIDENCE REVIEW METHODS (WWWC)

Systematic Review tutorials by Yale Medical Library

Software and Tools
abstrackr Abstract screening for systematic reviews
How to screen in abstrackr (YouTube)
Covidence Software for screening, risk of bias tables and data extraction. Developed in collaboration with Cochrane.
An introduction to Covidence (YouTube)
Rayyan Rapid sifting of citations and sharing of decisions
Rayyan for systematic reviews (McGill Library)
SR-Accelerator A suite of tools to speed up steps in the SR process
SR Toolbox Web-based catalogue of tools that support the SR process

EQUATOR Health research reporting by study type
PRISMA-P checklist Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols
PRISMA Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
PRISMA-S checklist Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Literature Searches
PROSPERO Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews in Health and Social Care
Protocol Animal Studies Protocol format for systematic reviews of animal intervention studies (SYRCLE)
ROSES RepOrting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses in environmental research
TREND Public health nonrandomized designs

Search Filters
Animal Studies Search Filters PubMed, EMBASE Ovid
ISSG Search Filter Resource e.g. MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO
McMaster Hedges e.g. MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO
PubMed animal filter PubMed search filter for animal studies
RCT filter Cochrane MEDLINE (PubMed format)

Critical Appraisal / Risk of bias
Centre Evidence Based Medicine Oxford (CEBM) Healthcare
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) Public Health
Critical Appraisal Tools University South Australia Healthcare
Dutch Cochrane Centre Healthcare
Newcastle-Ottawa Scale nonrandomized studies Healthcare
SURE's resource of critical appraisal checklists Healthcare
SYRCLE's risk of bias tool for animal studies (pdf, 70 kB) Laboratory animals