These are some basic questions to ask as you evaluate the quality of the systematic review. Please see "additional information" for more detailed steps for evaluating systematic reviews.
- Does the author of the SR present a clearly defined question?
- Does the SR have a documented and reproducible search strategy?
- Does the methods section define the inclusion & exclusion criteria?
- Is information from primary randomized clinical trials included in the systematic review?
- Does the author(s) of the SR document how they appraised the quality of the primary studies?
- Does the SR report on the clinical importance of the results?
Appraising systematic reviews. (n.d).. BMJ best practice. Retrieved July 30 2020. from https://bestpractice-bmj-com.ezproxy.bu.edu/evidence.