If a methodological expert (librarian, statistician, etc.) contributed to the search or analyses, they may be best suited to write the relevant parts of this section to reflect their contributions accurately.
Here is a search in the Pub Med database for some example reviews that have followed the PRISMA format.
The PRISMA Group have developed several extensions to the original PRISMA reporting standard for different types or aspects of systematic reviews, they include the following: Here is a summary of what support Himmelfarb Librarians can offer to help with the literature search for your systematic review.
In a dedicated section in your review abstract, briefly explain your search methods.
State the databases used and the timeframe of your searches.A recent JAMA article extolled the benefits of using a medical librarian to improve the quality of a systematic review of the medical literature.Let us: If you are considering a systematic review project, you should first consider its purpose. A systematic review of the literature for severity predictors in children with sickle cell anemia.You may also include a very brief description of your research question, core concepts, search criteria, and search process.An entire section of your report should be dedicated to explaining the methods used to complete the review.If you are investigating a well defined problem for which there exists several large clinical trials that follow quantitative research methods you will want to write an review to summarise the results of trials and provide cumulative evidence about the efficacy of one specific intervention/treatment/dose. , doi:10.1016/20 When writing up the results of your systematic review for publication in a journal article for a wider professional audience you will need to include more detail about the methods you followed and the decisions you made on what studies to include/exclude from your review of the medical literature.If you are investigating a less well understood problem for which there are few trials and/or you are reviewing observational data/qualitative research you will want to write a review. Alternatively you may wish to present the results of your literature review as a poster presentation such as: Abualenain, J., Alabdrabalnabi, T., Rasooly, I., Pines, J., Levett, P. The Impact of Interventions to Reduce Length of Stay in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review. Abualenain at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, May 14-18, 2013. For a narrative review guidelines on how to write up for publication are on the next tab of this research guide titled Types of literature review & methods.Are you currently working on a systematic review or research project and need assistance with search strategies and literature reviews?Himmelfarb Reference Librarians are skilled researchers who are trained to assist you with your review.PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.The PRISMA guidelines were introduced in the journal article Liberati, A,, Altman, D,, Moher, D, et al. The PRISMA statement for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies that evaluate health care interventions: explanation and elaboration. doi:10.1371/1000100 It's a good idea to look at some examples of other review articles that cite this paper to see how the authors reported their systematic review following the PRISMA checklist.