Systematic Review

Writing your review

Using the protocol as a working document and updating through the review process will assist the researcher in writing up their systematic review, as the information required for writing will be readily available.

The discussion and conclusions are the two important parts of the systematic review. These two components are important for researchers as this is where they will provide a detailed explanation of the findings in relation to answering the review question.

The some of the main components of the discussion and conclusion researchers need to consider are:

  • The breadth of evidence
  • Did the evidence help answer the review question?
  • Do the findings discussed in the review add to the range of previously published works?
  • Strengths and weakness/limitations of the included studies
  • Limitations and strengths in undertaking the review
  • From the conclusions of the review, what evidence could be obtained, will this have any implications or impact clinical practice or with future research on this topic?

Some resources that may help in writing the systematic review are:

Looking at instructions and guidelines under Instructions for Authors in the journal, you are considering submitting your manuscript for publication.

Part 2: General methods for Cochrane reviews in the Cochrane Handbook can assist researchers in writing.

Academic Learning Centre (ALC)

University of Melbourne - Academic Writing. Writing the Literature Review.