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Systematic Reviews: Systematic Review Protocols and Protocol Registries

Systematic Reviews Protocol

  • a good systematic review can start with a protocol - it can serve as a road map for your review
  • a protocol specifies the objectives, methods, and outcomes of primary interest of the systematic review
  • a protocol promotes transparency of methods
  • allows your peers to review how you will extract information to quantitavely summarize your outcome data

(Soruce: National Institutes of Health )

Systematic Reviews Protocol Registries

Benefits of registering a systematic review:

  • provide transparency in the review process and  the planned methods of the review
  • safeguard against reporting bias and provide key protocol features in the peer review process
  • improve quality, increase potential communication with interested researchers
  • reduce duplication of reviews

Protocol registries:

  • PROSPERO - international prospective register of systematic reviews
  • Cochrane Collaboration - international organization, produces and disseminates systematic reviews of health care interventions
  • Campbell Collaboration - produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions