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Global Health Policy and Management (MS GHPM)

Library & research resources for the Heller School MS Program in Global Health Policy & Management

What is a systematic review?

Systematic reviews are a type of report designed to summarize the best available research on a specific question. They are often used to make evidence-based decisions in policy and clinical health care settings. Hallmarks of a good systematic review include the following:

  • A clearly-defined research question
  • Transparent procedures for finding, including, and analyzing empirical research studies
  • Definition of both research question and procedures in advance of conducting research, in order to minimize potential bias
  • Peer review of the subsequent report, with close attention paid to methodology

Databases of Systematic Reviews

These databases provide a searchable index to systematic reviews and meta-analyses for particular purposes. Be sure to check their "about us" pages for information about the purpose and process for including reviews!

Databases Where You Can Find Systematic Reviews

Many subject databases contain systematic reviews; some allow you to limit your results to these types of reports.  Those listed here represent some of the databases where you can limit your search results to only include systematic reviews, meta-analyses and other syntheses of the empirical literature.