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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Feb;455:23-9.

How to write a systematic review.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA. wrightr@wudosis.wustl.edu

Abstract

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the combination of the best available research evidence with clinical experience and patient needs. The concept of EBM as a part of clinical decision making has become increasingly popular over the last decade. In the hierarchy of studies meta-analysis and systematic reviews occupy the highest levels. A systematic review of a clinical question can be performed by following a relatively standard form. These techniques as described here can be performed without formal training. Systematic reviews conducted in this fashion can be used as a higher form of current concepts or as review articles and replace the traditional expert opinion narrative review.

PMID:
17279036
DOI:
10.1097/BLO.0b013e31802c9098
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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