A systematic review is a high-level overview of primary research on a particular research question that tries to identify, select, synthesize and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to that question in order to answer it.¹
Systematic review is an approach used in health, education and social policy (as part of evidence based policy or practice). It's much more than a 'literature review' - it follows a strict methodology which means it's 'transparent, rigorous and replicable.'
1. Formulate your question.
2. Search for studies.
3. Assess the quality of studies.
4. Summarise the evidence.
5. Interpret the findings.
This quick guide will cover steps 1-2 in detail and signpost resources that will help you with steps 3-5.