Systematic Literature Reviews

01Dec 2021

Systematic reviews (SRs) are the embodiment of the evidence-based approaches, and they have reformed clinical decision-making in almost all therapy areas. The approach of SRs was essentially developed to fulfil the need of the medical practitioners to obtain precise and consistent information about the efficacy and safety of a clinical intervention, diagnostic procedure, or a […]

15Nov 2021

Systematic reviews (SRs) often face a major challenge while identifying all the relevant research, including randomised controlled trials (RCTs) irrespective of their publication status.(1) Unpublished, selectively reported, or non-reported research can lead to poorer quality clinical trials, thus leading to suboptimal care delivery. It also overlooks the opportunities for potential scientific progress.(2) Such incomplete publication […]

12Oct 2021

Systematic reviews (SRs) are crucial in health and scientific research as they offer a thorough understanding of the findings from research. (1) They provide critical information on different aspects of research, such as answers to the questions not often addressed by individual studies, problems in primary research that need to be avoided in future studies, […]

27Aug 2021

Systematic reviews (SRs) are incredibly crucial for healthcare decision-making, as they often provide a reliable summary of evidence on the comparison among healthcare interventions. They identify, assess, and combine the results of similar but individual studies and help to clarify the known and unknown benefits and risks associated with drugs, devices, and other healthcare interventions. […]

15Oct 2020

During the course of any research, most of the relevant literature pertaining to a research question is retrieved though searching of recognised databases. However, in addition to this, searching of grey literature can add value to the depth of the research by providing information from varied sources. Grey literature search is an important, but often […]

07May 2019

Systematic literature reviews (SLRs) are widely used to pool and present the findings from multiple studies in a dependable way and are often used to inform policy and practice guidelines. (1) An important SLR feature is the application of scientific tools to find and curtail bias as well as error in the selection and treatment […]

23Apr 2019

Systematic literature reviews (SLRs) are the foundation of evidence-based healthcare. Explicit methods need to be implemented while conducting SLRs to minimize bias in order to provide more reliable findings, since reduction of bias may affect all steps of the review process. For instance, bias can occur while identifying/screening studies, selecting studies (e.g. due to unclear […]

09Apr 2019

Use of multiple databases together with additional search strategies is often suggested to search relevant references for systematic reviews. (1,2) For instance, the Cochrane Handbook recommends using at least MEDLINE and Cochrane Central as well as EMBASE, when available, to search randomized controlled trials (RCTs). (3) However, using multiple databases can be strenuous and time […]

19Mar 2019

Systematic literature reviews (SLRs) have always been amongst preferred tools for policy and decision makers owing to their quality of evidence as well as the ability to provide knowledge-base in terms of clinical practice guidelines as well as policy briefs. However, strict methodology followed during the conduct of an SLR can impact its duration, which […]

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