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An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

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March 2012 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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This timely, engaging book provides an overview of the nature, logic, diversity and process of undertaking systematic reviews as part of evidence informed decision making.

 

A focused, accessible and technically up-to-date book, it covers the full breadth of approaches to reviews from statistical meta analysis to meta ethnography. It is ideal for anyone undertaking their own systematic review - providing all the necessary conceptual and technical background needed to make a good start on the process.

 

The content is divided into five clear sections:

 

• Approaches to reviewing

• Getting started

• Gathering and describing research

• Appraising and synthesising data

• Making use of reviews/models of research use.

 

Easy to read and logically structured, this book is essential reading for anyone doing systematic reviews.

 

David Gough is Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice and Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre and Co-Editor of the journal Evidence & Policy.

Sandy Oliver is Professor of Public Policy and Deputy Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre.

James Thomas is Reader in Social Policy, Assistant Director of SSRU and Associate Direcctor of the EPPI-Centre.

David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas
Introducing Systematic Reviews
Rebecca Rees and Sandy Oliver
Stakeholder Perspectives and Participation in Reviews
David Gough and James Thomas
Commonality and Diversity in Reviews
Sandy Oliver, Kelly Dickson, and Mark Newman
Getting Started with a Review
Jeff Brunton and James Thomas
Information Management in Reviews
Ginny Brunton, Claire Stansfield & James Thomas
Finding Relevant Studies
Sandy Oliver and Katy Sutcliffe
Describing and Analysing Studies
Angela Harden and David Gough
Quality and Relevance Appraisal
James Thomas, Angela Harden and Mark Newman
Synthesis: Combining Results Systematically and Appropriately
Ruth Stewart and Sandy Oliver
Making a Difference with Systematic Reviews
David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas
Moving Forward

Systematic reviews are the basis of any research project and therefore supporting materials as the Introduction to Systematic Reviews are highly recommended.

Dr Teresa C. D'Oliveira
Psychology , King's College London
December 3, 2016

This is an excellent overview of systematic reviews of all kinds and is very helpful for showing students the ropes in preparing for their dissertations.

Dr Jenevieve Mannell
Institute for Global Health, University College London
September 21, 2016

This textbook is a great tool for teaching students the fundamental principals and procedures involved in conducting a systematic review. It provides a helpful framework for understanding a methodology which is not used as often as other methodologies.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology, Cornerstone Institute
January 28, 2016

An easy guide for doing systematic reviews. Recommended for students as an introductory book.

Mr Mahmoud Ismael
Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut University
December 27, 2015

This book explains the logic behind systematic reviews, which is useful when planning this methodology for master's research projects.

Ms Amanda van der Westhuizen
Psychology Department, University of Pretoria
November 12, 2015

systematic review will be much easier with this book. The book give pin point step to create correct systematic review

Mr Fitriyono Ayustaningwarno
Accounting , Wageningen University
October 19, 2015

Good guidance in this text for dissertation students

Ms Carol Lloyd
social studies, Chichester University
September 29, 2015

easy to understand and well detailed with examples

Professor Anita Black
Criminal Justice, King College
July 7, 2015

This book is informative and accessible. It is my recommended text for any nursing student wishing to understand more about systematic review and/or to attempt a qualitative or quantitative systematic review for their UG or PG dissertation.

Dr Gabrielle Thorpe
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
July 6, 2015

This is an interesting, well written book and an excellent resource.

Mr Marcus Percy
Sch. of Nursing, Midwifery & Social W., Manchester University
June 25, 2015

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David Gough

David Gough is Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice and the Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre. Prior to this he was senior research fellow at the University of Glasgow and professor at Japan Women’s University. His early research focused on child welfare policy including roles in the international, British and Japanese societies for the prevention of child abuse and being Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review. His interest in the study of research synthesis and research use started in 1988 by developing coding guidelines to systematically describe and assess the child abuse intervention literature. He also studies evidence use... More About Author

Sandy Oliver

Sandy Oliver is Professor of Public Policy at UCL Institute of Education and Deputy Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre. For twenty five years her interests have focused on the interaction between researchers and people making decisions in their professional and personal lives. With this in mind she has been developing methods to collate knowledge from whole bodies of research – systematic reviews – not just single studies. Most recently this has been in the area of international development where she has conducted systematic reviews and built up a programme of support for research teams conducting reviews elsewhere. She works with DFID... More About Author

James Thomas

James Thomas is a Professor in Social Policy, Assistant Director of SSRU and Associate Director of the EPPI-Centre He directs the EPPI-Centre's Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England, and undertakes systematic reviews across a range of policy areas. He has specialized in developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies in research. He leads a module on synthesis and critical appraisal on the EPPI-Centre's MSc in Evidence for Public Policy and Practice and development on the Centre's in-house reviewing software, EPPI-Reviewer. More About Author

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