High Level Reviews (systematic, integrative, scoping)

Integrative Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and Systematic Reviews are high level literature reviews.

What is a systematic review?

Systematic reviews


“A systematic review attempts to collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question”.

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Systematic reviews are the highest level of evidence on the Hierarchy of Evidence.

In undertaking a systematic review, you will attempt to identify, appraise, and synthesise all the empirical evidence that meets a specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question.

When conducting a systematic review, you are required to use explicit and reproducible methods aimed at minimising bias throughout the review process, to ensure that the findings produced can be used to inform decision making within your area of research.

Systematic reviews are primarily undertaken in the health sector, however other sectors are now adopting the systematic review approach when there is a cross over into health within their research question.

Calendar You can expect your systematic review to take 12 to 24 months


Video Watch a short video on Systematic Reviews (4:15).

Stages of systematic reviews