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Systematic Reviews

A systematic review is a "scientific investigation that focuses on a specific question and uses explicit, prespecified scientific methods to identify, select, assess, and summarize the findings of similar but separate studies" (IOM). A systematic review is fundamentally different than a narrative literature review in that it is a time-intensive, evidence-based, systematic analysis of literature aimed to reduce bias and produce high quality evidence.

For more information on how the library can assist you, please visit our page on Systematic Reviews.


A meta-analysis is a specialized subset of systematic reviews which uses statistical techniques to combine data from individual research studies. For more information and assistance with conducting a meta-analysis, please contact the HPD Statistical Consulting Center.