RLO: Steps in conducting a systematic review


  1. Introduction
  2. Step One - Formulating a question
  3. Step Two - Conduct a search
  4. Step Three - Assess the quality
  5. Step Four - Summarise the evidence
  6. Step Five - Interpret the findings
  7. Activity
  8. Feedback
  9. Resources

Step Five

Interpreting the findings

Types of analysis

Systematic reviews contain analysis of the primary studies. the analysis may be narrative, which could be a structured summary and discussion of the studies' characteristics and findings, or it could be quantitative, which involves statistical analysis. The most commonly used statistical technique is meta-analysis, or the statistical combination of results from two or more separate studies. This is the subject of another RLO.