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Julia H. Littell, Jacqueline Corcoran, and Vijayan Pillai

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326543.001.0001

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Formulating a Topic and Developing a Protocol

Formulating a Topic and Developing a Protocol

(p.29) 2 Formulating a Topic and Developing a Protocol
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Julia H. Littell

Jacqueline Corcoran

Vijayan Pillai

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers issues in formulating a research question and developing a protocol for a systematic review. The protocol is a written plan, which specifies the objectives of the review, study eligibility criteria (the populations, interventions, comparisons, outcomes, and research designs that will be included), and methodological issues, including search strategies and plans for data extraction, data analysis, and synthesis. The chapter discusses the composition of review teams, involvement of stakeholders, and uses of logic models in planning a systematic review.

Keywords:   research question, logic models, eligibility, systematic review, methodological issues

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