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Systematic literature studies, Health & Sport

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Different Review types

Lund, H. & Christensen, R. (2016). "a systematic review is a structured and preplanned synthesis of original studies that consists of predefined research questions, inclusion criteria, search methods, selection procedures, quality assessment, data extraction, and data analysis. No original research study should be deliberately excluded without explanation, and the results from each study should justify the conclusion"  Lund, H., Juhl, C. & Christensen, R. (2016). Systematic reviews and research waste. The Lancet, 387(10014), 123-124. 

Different Review types

Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information And Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91-108.

  • Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L. & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 36(3), 202-222.
  • Moher, D., Stewart, L. & Shekelle, P. (2015). All in the Family: systematic reviews, rapid reviews, scoping reviews, realist reviews, and more. Systematic Reviews, 4(1), 183. 
  • Munn, Z., Peters, M. D. J., Stern, C., Tufanaru, C., McArthur, A., & Aromataris, E. (2018). Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(1), 143. doi:10.1186/s12874-018-0611-x


..."what exactly is a systematic review? How does it differ from other types of reviews? And how do you systematically search the literature?" Karolinska Institutet, University library



More systematic literature review guides

Useful guide from Karolinska Institute Library (Sweden):  Systematic reviews