Types of review
At GCU, there are three main types of review:
The first two have specific methodologies and handbooks setting them out. The third type of review allows you more flexibility in your methodology, but there are some general rules that you should bear in mind. Here are links to some general information:
- The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) guidance for undertaking reviews in health care is available to download.
- The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) has tools to assist critical appraisal of systematic reviews, RCTs, qualitative research, economic evaluation studies, cohort studies, case control studies, and diagnostic studies.
- SIGN handbook - chapter on systematic reviews
Is it a new review or an update?
If you have been asked to update a previously published review, then you will have to follow an already established search strategy. This may cause problems if the database software has changed (for example not allowing command line searching) or if new resources have become available. This is where it is always a good idea to talk to the review team or the supervisor.
This page was produced in collaboration with Dr Helen Marlborough of Glasgow University Library.