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Title: Reading systematic reviews.
Authors: Peach, Hedley G.
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication Title: Australian Family Physician
Volume: 31
Issue: 8
Start Page: 736
End Page: 740
Abstract: BACKGROUND: While systematic reviews should be of assistance in decision making, currently many reviews are unreliable, poorly reported or not clinically useful. It is therefore important that they are read critically. OBJECTIVES: The objective is to provide a logical way to appraise systematic reviews. Particular objectives are to demonstrate how to use a validated general guide for appraising systematic reviews; amend the guide so that it can be used to appraise systematic reviews of controlled trials, prognostic studies and studies evaluating diagnostic tests; choose between discordant reviews and assess the usefulness of good systematic reviews. DISCUSSION: Guidelines for undertaking and reporting systematic reviews should eventually improve their quality and usefulness. In the meantime, reviews must be appraised critically, particularly those outside the Cochrane Library.
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ISSN: 0300-8495
Internal ID Number: 00183
Type: Journal Article
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