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Medical Education: Literature Reviews

For Residents, Interns, Med Students

Overview of differences between literature review and systematic review

 

 

Literature Review

 

Systematic Review

 

Definition

 

Qualitative summary of evidence on a topic.

 

Synthesis of high level review of evidence focused on a single question.

 

Goal/Objectives

 

To provide an overview of the chosen topic.

 

To find the most up to date information on a particular topic or answer a specific clinical question.

 

Question

 

Broad

 

Focused

 

Protocol

 

Not included

 

Precise and deliberate

 

Selection criteria

 

Not specified

 

Inclusion and exclusion criteria are explained at the start of the review.

 

Search Strategy

 

Search strategy not clearly identified

 

Wide-ranging, methodical search that can be repeated

 

Evaluation

 

Varies, may not be included

 

Meticulous evaluation of articles

 

Result

 

Overview where quality of articles isn’t specified, there may be reviewer bias

 

Summation based on high quality evidence.

 

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