Systematic Reviews in Veterinary Medicine: Resources and tools to find, appraise, and conduct reviews

Margaret Foster, MS, MPH

Associate Professor, Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator, Texas A&M University; Joint Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center School of Public Health

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Abstract

Systematic reviews play an important role in evidence-based practices by providing practitioners with synthesized research about a particular topic. However, as a research project they can be cumbersome and time consuming due to the numerous processes that need to be completed as well as to the various types of data that generated. This presentation will cover locating reviews, appraisal checklists, and tools to improve efficiency in completing reviews. Examples from a variety of veterinary topics will be shown to demonstrate the most appropriate use of the available tools. In addition, steps to take to determine the feasibility of a systematic review will be described as this can be one of the most difficult stages in the review process.

Keywords

systematic reviews, evidence-based practices


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