It’s widely acknowledged that health care decisions should be made on the basis of the best available evidence.
However, with a large and growing body of research information out there of variable quality, it can be time-consuming and overwhelming for healthcare staff and researchers to find that best available evidence.
Systematic reviews help overcome this problem. They aim to: identify, evaluate and summarize the findings of individual studies, in a systematic and unbiased manner, thereby making reliable evidence more accessible to decision makers.
High quality systematic reviews seek to
Hemingway, P. (2009) What is a systematic review? http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/painres/download/whatis/syst-review.pdf
The best websites to find systematic reviews are:
Prospero (Prospective trials)