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Systematic reviews in health care: A practical guide
  • Paul Glasziou, University of Queensland
  • Les Irwig, University of Sydney
  • Chris Bain, University of Queensland
  • Graham Colditz

What do we do if different studies appear to give different answers? When applying research to questions for individual patients or for health policy, one of the challenges is interpreting such apparently conflicting research. A systematic review is a method to systematically identify relevant research, appraise its quality, and synthesize the results. The last two decades have seen increasing interest and developments in methods for doing high quality systematic reviews. Part I of this book provides a clear introduction to the concepts of reviewing, and lucidly describes the difficulties and traps to avoid. A unique feature of the book is its description, in Part II, of the different methods needed for different types of health care questions: frequency of disease, prognosis, diagnosis, risk, and management. As well as illustrative examples, there are exercises for each of the sections. This is essential reading for those interested in synthesizing health care research.

  • systematic review,
  • health care research,
  • conflicting research
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Cambridge University Press
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Glasziou, P.P., Irwig, L., Bain, C. & Colditz, G. (2001). Systematic reviews in health care: A practical guide. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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Paul Glasziou, Les Irwig, Chris Bain and Graham Colditz. Systematic reviews in health care: A practical guide. United Kingdom(2001)
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