A systematic review should follow rigorous standards because the validity of a systematic review's conclusions directly depends on its methodological validity. Several important standards are listed below; these standards provide guidance on all aspects of the review. Following one of these standards should ensure the validity of your study design.
These four major guides will help with the process of conducting a systematic review:
The Equator Network (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparence Of health Research) contains a searchable database of reporting guidelines and also links to other resources relevant to research reporting.
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