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Systematic Reviews: Reporting

A guide to conducting systematic reviews.

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Reporting for Publication

The following key intiatives are aimed at improving the reporting of biomedical research. The EQUATOR Network Website maintains a more complete listing of guidelines for reporting health research.

PRISMA Statement for Reporting Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses:

Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE)

Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE)

MORE: Checklists for Reporting Research

Document the Search Strategy

The librarian who did the search should write the methods section describing the search strategy. This should include:
  • For every database, include database, platform or provider
  • Search terms
  • Start and end date for search of each database
  • Grey literature
  • Cited reference searching
According to the PRISMA standards, the full search strategy for at least one database, including limits used, such that it could be repeated, should be included.