An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

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Focused on actively using systematic review as method, this book provides clear, step-by-step advice on the logic and processes of systematic reviewing.

Stressing the importance of precision and accuracy, this new edition carefully balances a need for insightful theory with real-world pragmatism; it introduces a wide range of cutting-edge approaches to research synthesis including text mining, living reviews and new ideas in mixed methods reviews such as qualitative comparative analysis.

The book also includes:

A new chapter on statistical synthesis
Coverage of computer-assisted methods and relevant software
Expanded sections on data extraction and management
A guide to working with many different types of data including longitudinal and panel.

Packed with examples from across the social sciences, this book helps students and researchers alike in turning systematic reviews into recommendations for policy and practice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 20.32mm | 600g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1473929431
  • 9781473929432
  • 61,053

Table of contents

Introducing systematic reviews - David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas
Stakeholder perspectives and participation in reviews - Rebecca Rees and Sandy Oliver
Commonality and diversity in reviews - David Gough and James Thomas
Getting started with a review - Sandy Oliver, Kelly Dickson, Mukdarut Bangpan, and Mark Newman
Finding relevant studies - Ginny Brunton, Claire Stansfield, Jenny Caird, and James Thomas
Describing and analysing studies - Katy Sutcliffe, Sandy Oliver and Michelle Richardson
Tools and technologies for information management - Jeff Brunton, James Thomas, and Sergio Graziosi
Synthesis methods for combining and configuring textual or mixed methods data - James Thomas, Alison O'Mara-Eves, Angela Harden, and Mark Newman
Synthesis methods for combining and configuring quantitative data - James Thomas, Alison O'Mara-Eves, Dylan Kneale and Ian Shemilt
Developing justifiable evidence claims - Kristin Liabo, David Gough and Angela Harden
Using research findings - David Gough, Ruth Stewart and Janice Tripney
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Review quote

"[This] book is written in a very accessible style, supported with examples of existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses at all stages of synthesis....The step-by-step structure and clear labelling of this book make it the ideal systematic review resource for students and researchers at all levels." -- Emma Norris * The Psychologist * "An excellent introduction to systematic review delivered in an accessible style and logical format. This new edition encourages thoughtful consideration of key methodological concepts in the generation and conduct of systematic reviews and embraces recent advances in review synthesis methods. Useful to researchers and students at all levels." -- Gabrielle Thorpe
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About David Gough

David Gough is a Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice, and Director of the EPPI-Centre, University College London. His early research focused on child protection services. For the last 20 years, he has concentrated on methods of research synthesis including a DfE centre on evidence informed education, a node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, and a methods unit for NICE. His research on "research use" include the European Commission EIPPEE network, the Science of Using Science review for the Wellcome Trust, the experimental evaluation of the RISE project to encourage evidence use in schools, a study of the UK what works centres for ESRC, and a study of evidence standards in web evidence portals for the Centre for Homelessness Impact. He is a coinvestigator for DfID's CEDIL project on developing evaluation methodology in international development. He was the comanaging editor of the journal Evidence and Policy from 2009 to 2017.

Sandy Oliver is Professor of Public Policy at UCL Institute of Education and Deputy Director of SSRU and its EPPI-Centre. For twenty five years her interests have focused on the interaction between researchers and people making decisions in their professional and personal lives. With this in mind she has been developing methods to collate knowledge from whole bodies of research - systematic reviews - not just single studies. Most recently this has been in the area of international development where she has conducted systematic reviews and built up a programme of support for research teams conducting reviews elsewhere. She works with DFID and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at WHO to build capacity in systematic reviewing in developing countries.

James Thomas is a Professor in Social Policy, Assistant Director of SSRU and Associate Director of the EPPI-Centre He directs the EPPI-Centre's Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England, and undertakes systematic reviews across a range of policy areas. He has specialized in developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies in research. He leads a module on synthesis and critical appraisal on the EPPI-Centre's MSc in Evidence for Public Policy and Practice and development on the Centre's in-house reviewing software, EPPI-Reviewer.
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