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Not all systematic reviews are created equal: Considerations for appraisal

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Schlosser, RW and Wendt, O and Sigafoos, J (2007) Not all systematic reviews are created equal: Considerations for appraisal. Evidence-based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 1 (3). pp. 138-150. ISSN 1748-9539

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Abstract

Systematic reviews can be a tremendous asset in the implementation of evidence-based practice, because they minimize
some of the most-documented barriers to evidence-based practice. For example, by reading systematic reviews, clinicians
may save time that would otherwise be dedicated to locating and appraising individual studies. Further, clinicians can rely
on someone else’s reviewing expertise, which reduces the knowledge and skill burden otherwise imposed on them.
However, empirical studies have repeatedly demonstrated that there is great variability in the quality of systematic reviews.
Thus, in order to harness their potential, it is imperative that clinicians distinguish high-quality systematic reviews from those
of low quality. In this paper, we aim to discuss considerations for appraising the quality of systematic reviews.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Evidence-based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Page Range: pp. 138-150
ISSN: 1748-9539
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/17489530701560831
Additional Information:

The definitive version is available online at
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:40
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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