How to write a systematic review

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Feb;455:23-9. doi: 10.1097/BLO.0b013e31802c9098.


Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the combination of the best available research evidence with clinical experience and patient needs. The concept of EBM as a part of clinical decision making has become increasingly popular over the last decade. In the hierarchy of studies meta-analysis and systematic reviews occupy the highest levels. A systematic review of a clinical question can be performed by following a relatively standard form. These techniques as described here can be performed without formal training. Systematic reviews conducted in this fashion can be used as a higher form of current concepts or as review articles and replace the traditional expert opinion narrative review.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Bibliographic
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Publication Bias
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic*
  • Writing*