Be prepared for the length of time that is required to perform a systematic or scoping review. Studies of this nature often require a minimum of nine months and often a year and sometimes longer.
Here is a breakdown of the length of time for the different steps of a Cochrane systematic review
|1 - 2||Preparation of protocol|
|3 - 8||Searches for published and unpublished studies|
|2 - 3||Pilot test of eligibility criteria|
|3 - 8||Inclusion assessments|
|3||Pilot test of ‘Risk of bias’ assessment|
|3 - 10||Validity assessments|
|3||Pilot test of data collection|
|3 - 10||Data collection|
|3 - 10||Data entry|
|5 - 11||Follow up of missing information|
|8 - 10||Analysis|
|1 - 11||Preparation of review report|
|12 -||Keeping the review up-to-date|
Systematic or scoping reviews are never conducted by one person. They require:
* Cochrane, IOM as well as other organizations and studies recommend a librarian be part of the team due to a librarians' expertise in searching the medical information. However, in the case course-related or assignment-related studies, a librarian will not be part of the team and instead provide a consultation on how to conduct comprehensive searches of the literature.
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