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Systematic Reviews: Documenting the Search Process

Documenting the Search Process

Cochrane Handbook - Section 6.61

"The search process needs to be documented in enough detail throughout the process to ensure that it can be reported correctly in the review, to the extent that all the searches of all the databases are reproducible."

PRISMA Flow Diagram

PRISMA 2009 Flow Diagram

Moher, D., Liberati, A., Tetzlaff, J., Altman, D. G., Altman, D., Antes, G., . . . Group, P. (2009). Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses: The PRISMA statement. PLoS Medicine, 6(7), e1000097. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000097


Reporting the Search Process

CONSORT 2010 Flow Diagram

Templates of the CONSORT flow diagram are available in PDF and in MS Word.

Moher D, Schulz KF, Altman DG. The CONSORT statement: revised recommendations for improving the quality of reports of parallel-group randomised trials. BMC Med Res Methodol 2001;1:2. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-1-2 

CONSORT flow diagram