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IOM Standards for Systematic Reviews

The Institutes of Medicine was renamed in 2016 to the The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Their guidelines are one of the gold standards for SR's and explicitly discuss team building, creation, and reporting standards for your SR.

What does it take to do a systematic review?

Time: On average, systematic reviews require 18 months of preparation or an average of 1139 hours.

A team: A systematic review can't be done alone! You need to work with subject experts to clarify issues related to the topic; librarians or information specialists to develop comprehensive search strategies and identify appropriate databases; reviewers to screen abstracts and read the full text; a statistician who can assist with data analysis; and a project leader to coordinate and write the final report.

A clearly defined question: Clarify the key question(s) of your systematic review and the rationale for each question. Use the PICO framework to identify key concepts of the question. Determine inclusion/exclusion criteria.

A written protocol: You need to write a protocol outlining the study methodology. The protocol should include the rationale for the systematic review, key questions broken into PICO components, inclusion/exclusion criteria, literature searches for published/unpublished literature, data abstraction/data management, assessment of methodological quality of individual studies, data synthesis, and grading the evidence for each key question.

Need help writing a protocol? See the University of Warwick's protocol template (Microsoft Word Document).

A registered protocol: After you write the protocol, you should register it with PROSPERO, an International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews. Registration is free and open to anyone undertaking systematic reviews of the effects of interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions, for which there is a health related outcome.

For more information about registering protocols & PROSPERO, see:
Best practices in systematic reviews: the importance of protocols & registration
An international registry of systematic review protocols

Comprehensive literature searches: First, identify systematic reviews that may address your key questions. Then, identify appropriate databases and conduct comprehensive and detailed literature searches that can be documented and duplicated.

Citation management: You should have working knowledge of EndNote or another citation management tool to help manage citations retrieved from literature searches.

Follow reporting guidelines: Use appropriate guidelines for reporting your review for publication.

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