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Doing a Systematic Review


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1. Carrying Out a Systematic Review as a Master's Thesis - Rumona Dickson, M. Gemma Cherry and Angela Boland 2. Planning and Managing My Review - Gerlinde Pilkington and Juliet Hounsome 3. Defining My Review Question and Identifying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria - M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson 4. Developing My Search Strategy - Yenal Dundar and Nigel Fleeman 5. Applying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria - Yenal Dundar and Nigel Freeman 6. Data Extraction: Where Do I Begin? - Nigel Fleeman and Yenal Dundar 7. Quality Assessment: Where Do I Begin? - Janette Greenhalgh and Tamara Brown 8. Understanding and Synthesizing Numerical Data from Intervention Studies - Michaela Brown and Marty Richardson 9. Writing My Discussion and Conclusions - M. Gemma Cherry 10. Disseminating My Review - M. Gemma Cherry and Gerlinde Pilkington 11. Reviewing Qualitative Evidence - M. Gemma Cherry, Helen Smith, Elizabeth Perkins and Angela Boland 12. Reviewing Economic Evaluations - Angela Boland, Sophie Beale and M. Gemma Cherry Epilogue - Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson Glossary - Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson

About the Author

Angela Boland has worked at LRiG (Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group) since it was established in 2001 and has carried out many systematic reviews of both clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of health care interventions. Gemma Cherry is the Prometric postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Assessment Research Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) at DCU. Gemma is involved in the full programme of research at CARPE. Her most recent contributions include research examining the psychometric properties of remote proctoring testing modes and research focusing on automatic item generation (AIG). Rumona Dickson has been involved in the conduct of systematic reviews in health care for over 20 years and has been the Director of LRiG since 2001.


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