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Systematic reviews in public health

R Armstrong, E Waters, H Roberts, LM Anderson, S Oliver, M Petticrew

Published : 2008

Abstract

This article describes the relevance of systematic reviews to public health policy and practice, its history, recommended methods and associated issues. Systematic reviews re-examine the evidence on a clearly formulated question using systematic and explicit methods to identify, select, and critically appraise relevant primary research and extract, collate, and analyze data from included studies. Although they have had a longer history in education and medicine, their application for public health decision making is extremely important. Their methods have been evolving to meet the needs of end users in a range of public health policy, practice, and research contexts. This article also highli..

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