Systematic Reviews

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  • Format Texts
  • Language/s English
  • Target Audience Further education, Self-directed learning
  • Duration <5 mins
  • Difficulty Introductory

Key Concepts addressed


One of the biggest challenges within scientific research is to interpret the results of individual studies in the context of other research that has been done. This is especially important for decisions about whether a medical treatment works and for decisions about what further studies should be done. For example, if a recent small study appears to show that a treatment works or a substance causes harm, but previous good-quality studies had concluded the opposite, these results need to be looked at together.

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