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Introduction to Systematic Reviews 2ed

by David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas SAGE Publications Ltd
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Focused on actively using systematic review as method, this book provides clear, step-by-step advice on the logic and processes of systematic reviewing.   


Stressing the importance of precision and accuracy, this new edition carefully balances a need for insightful theory with real-world pragmatism; it introduces a wide range of cutting-edge approaches to research synthesis including text mining, living reviews, and new ideas in mixed methods reviews such as qualitative comparative analysis.    


The book also includes:

•a new chapter on statistical synthesis

•coverage of computer-assisted methods and relevant software

•expanded sections on data extraction and management

•a guide to working with many different types of data including longitudinal and panel.


Packed with examples from across the social sciences, this book helps students and researchers alike in turning systematic reviews into recommendations for policy and practice.

Introducing systematic reviews - David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas
Stakeholder perspectives and participation in reviews - Rebecca Rees and Sandy Oliver
Commonality and diversity in reviews - David Gough and James Thomas
Getting started with a review - Sandy Oliver, Kelly Dickson, Mukdarut Bangpan, and Mark Newman
Finding relevant studies - Ginny Brunton, Claire Stansfield and Jenny Caird
Describing and analysing studies - Katy Sutcliffe, Sandy Oliver and Michelle Richardson
Review management through information technology - Jeff Brunton, James Thomas, and Sergio Graziosi
Synthesis Part I: methodological foundations and systematic narrative methods - James Thomas, Alison O'Mara-Eves, Angela Harden, and Mark Newman
Synthesis Part II: statistical methods - James Thomas, Alison O'Mara-Eves, Dylan Kneale and Ian Shemilt
Quality and relevance appraisal - Kristin Liabo, David Gough and Angela Harden
Using research findings - David Gough, Ruth Stewart and Janice Tripney

"[This] book is written in a very accessible style, supported with examples of existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses at all stages of synthesis....The step-by-step structure and clear labelling of this book make it the ideal systematic review resource for students and researchers at all levels."
David Gough - University of London Sandy Oliver - University of London James Thomas - University of London