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Systematic Reviews and Research

Systematic Reviews and Research

Four Volume Set
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February 2018 | 1 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Systematic reviews gather the findings of prior research to advance knowledge and inform decisions for policy, practice and personal lives. Review authors have applied the principles of working systematically and transparently across all types of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Systematic reviews have become an increasingly important aspect of research across all areas of social policy from health, to education and environmental science and management studies. This major work has been designed to: 

  • Bring together the key cutting edge historical and contemporary papers on the nature and methods of systematic reviews;
  • Represent the most interesting and exciting approaches and strategies in the literature including controversies and debates;
  • Include a breadth of disciplinary fields that use systematic reviews;
  • Provide succinct editorial introductions to enable the reader to understand how the papers relate to each other and to other publications

The contents have been arranged thematically, and each volume includes a mix of historical and contemporary papers, providing a thorough and balanced overview of all key areas.



S. Oliver, J. Thomas and D. Gough
Part One: Aims of Research Synthesis
A Brief History of Research Synthesis

Iain Chalmers, Larry Hedges and Harris Cooper
Contextualizing the Twin Concepts of Systematicity and Transparency in Information Systems Literature Reviews

Guy Pare et al.
Formalization and Separation: A Systematic Basis for Interpreting Approaches to Summarizing Science for Climate Policy

Bohlin Sundqvist et al
The Meta-Analytic Big Bang

William Shadish and Jesse Lecy
How to Increase Value and Reduce Waste When Research Priorities Are Set

Iain Chalmers et al.
The Politics of Evidence and Methodology: Lessons from the EPPI-Centre

Ann Oakley et al.
Part Two: Strategies: A Spectrum of Methods; Pragmatism; Relevance; and Speed
Mapping the Mixed Methods–Mixed Research Synthesis Terrain

Margarete Sandelowski et al
Clarifying Differences between Review Designs and Methods

David Gough, James Thomas and Sandy Oliver
Complex Interventions and Their Implications for Systematic Reviews: A Pragmatic Approach

Mark Petticrew et al.
A Research and Development Agenda for Systematic Reviews that Ask Complex Questions about Complex Interventions

Jane Noyes et al.
Part Three: Perspectives
Consumer Involvement in Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Julia Kreis et al.
Public and Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment: A Framework for Action

Julia Abelson et al.
Producing Policy Relevant Systematic Reviews: Navigating the Policy-Research Interface

S. Oliver, M. Bangpan and K. Dickson
Part Four: Contexts: Reviews for Different Purposes; and in Different Contexts
Policy-relevant Systematic Reviews to Strengthen Health Systems: Models and Mechanisms to Support Their Production

Sandra Oliver and Kelly Dickson
Advancing Knowledge of Rapid Reviews: An Analysis of Results, Conclusions and Recommendations from Published Review Articles Examining Rapid Reviews

Robin Featherstone et al.

J. Thomas, D. Gough and S. Oliver
Part One: Identifying Studies
Methodological Developments in Searching for Studies for Systematic Reviews: Past, Present and Future?

Carol Lefebvre et al.
PICO, PICOS and SPIDER: A Comparison Study of Specificity and Sensitivity in Three Search Tools for Qualitative Systematic Reviews

Abigail Methley et al
Searching for Qualitative Research for Inclusion in Systematic Reviews: A Structured Methodological Review

Andrew Booth
Exploring Issues in the Conduct of Website Searching and Other Online Sources for Systematic Reviews: How Can We Be Systematic?

Claire Stansfield, Kelly Dickson and Mukdarat Bangpan
De-Duplication of Database Search Results for Systematic Reviews in EndNote

Wichor Bramer et al.
Core Keywording Strategy: Data Collection for a Register of Educational Research Version 0.9.4

A Systematic Map and Synthesis Review of the Effectiveness of Personal Development Planning for Improving Student Learning

David Gough et al.
Developing and Optimising the Use of Logic Models in Systematic Reviews: Exploring Practice and Good Practice in the Use of Programme Theory in Reviews

Dylan Kneale, James Thomas and Katherine Harris
A Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Metasynthetic Practice in Public Health to Develop a Taxonomy of Operations of Reciprocal Translation

G.J. Melendez-Torres, Sean Grant and Chris Bonell
Part Two: Automating Reviews
Using Text Mining for Study Identification in Systematic Reviews: A Systematic Review of Current Approaches

Alison O’Mara-Eves et al.
Automating Data Extraction in Systematic Reviews: A Systematic Review

Siddhartha Jonnalagadda, Pawan Goyal and Mark Huffman
RobotReviewer: Evaluation of a System for Automatically Assessing Bias in Clinical Trials

Iain Marshall, Joel Kuiper and Byron Wallace
Enabling Living Systematic Reviews and Clinical Guidelines through Semantic Technologies

Laura Slaughter

J. Thomas, S. Oliver and G. Gough
Part One: Introductions, Overviews and Cross-cutting Issues
Ongoing Developments in Meta-Analytic and Quantitative Synthesis Methods: Broadening the Types of Research Questions that Can Be Addressed

Alison O’Mara-Eves and James Thomas
Methods for the Synthesis of Qualitative Research: A Critical Review

Elaine Barnett-Page and James Thomas
Synthesizing Evidence on Complex Interventions: How Meta-Analytical, Qualitative, and Mixed-Method Approaches Can Contribute

Mark Petticrew et al.
Part Two: Synthesis Methods for Developing and Exploring Theories, Frameworks or Themes
Methods for the Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Systematic Reviews

James Thomas and Angela Harden
Using Meta Ethnography to Synthesise Qualitative Research: A Worked Example

Nicky Britten et al.
Evidence-based Policy: The Promise of ‘Realist Synthesis’

Ray Pawson
Storylines of Research in Diffusion of Innovation: A Meta-Narrative Approach to Systematic Review

Trisha Greenhalgh et al.
Conducting a Critical Interpretive Synthesis of the Literature on Access to Healthcare by Vulnerable Groups

Mary Dixon-Woods et al.
Mapping the Mixed-Methods Research Synthesis Terrain

Margarete Sandelowski et al.
Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in Systematic Reviews of Complex Interventions: A Worked Example

James Thomas, Alison O’Mara-Eves and Ginny Brunton
Part Three: Synthesis Methods for Combining and Configuring Quantitative Data
Meta-Analysis: Principles and Procedures

Matthias Egger, George Davey Smith and Andrew Phillips
A Basic Introduction to Fixed-Effect and Random-Effects Models for Meta-Analysis

Michael Borenstein et al.
How Should Meta-Regression Analyses Be Undertaken and Interpreted?

Simon Thompson and Julian Higgins
An Overview of Conducting Systematic Reviews with Network Meta-Analysis

Deborah Caldwell
Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data: Rationale, Conduct, and Reporting

Richard Riley, Paul Lambert and Ghada Abo-Zaid
Translating the Statistical Representation of the Effects of Education Interventions into More Readily Interpretable Forms

Mark Lipsey et al.
Multivariate Meta-Analysis: Potential and Promise

Dan Jackson et al.
Bayesian Methods in Meta-Analysis and Evidence Synthesis

Alex Sutton and Keith Abrams
Evidence Synthesis, Economics and Public Policy

Ian Shemilt et al.

D. Gough, J. Thomas and S. Oliver
Part One: Appraising Methods of Review
Extending the PRISMA Statement to Equity-Focused Systematic Reviews (PRISMA-E 2012): Explanation and Elaboration

Vivian Welch et al.
Development of AMSTAR: A Measurement Tool to Assess the Methodological Quality of Systematic Reviews

Beverley Shea et al.
ROBIS: A New Tool to Assess Risk of Bias in Systematic Reviews Was Developed

Penny Whiting et al.
Epidemiology and Reporting Characteristics of Systematic Reviews of Biomedical Research: A Cross-Sectional Study

Matthew Page et al.
A Systematic Review of the Content of Critical Appraisal Tools

Persis Katrak et al.
GRADE: What Is “Quality of Evidence” and Why Is It Important to Clinicians?

Gordon Guyatt et al.
Using Qualitative Evidence in Decision Making for Health and Social Interventions: An Approach to Assess Confidence in Findings from Qualitative Evidence Syntheses (GRADE-CERQual)

Simon Lewin et al.
A Matter of Taste: Evaluating the Quality of Qualitative Research

Margarete Sandelowski
Digging for Nuggets: How ‘Bad’ Research Can Yield ‘Good’ Evidence

Ray Pawson
Part Two: Appraising, Interpreting, and Using Evidence from Systemic Reviews

GRADE Guidelines: 17. Going from Evidence to Recommendations – Considering Resource Use and Modelling Evidence for Cost-Effectiveness

Ian Shemilt et al.
Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is and What It Isn’t

David Sackett et al.
How Can We Support the Use of Systematic Reviews in Policymaking?

John Lavis
The Many Meanings of Research Utilization

Carol Weiss