Conducting and interpreting high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses

J Nucl Cardiol. 2017 Apr;24(2):471-481. doi: 10.1007/s12350-016-0598-9. Epub 2016 Aug 2.


Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are powerful tools for summarizing existing literature and combining evidence from multiple studies. These methods employ complex searches, statistical techniques, and presentation techniques with which the clinical audience may not be very familiar. This review article aims to familiarize the clinical audience with the various techniques employed to conduct a high-quality systematic review and meta-analysis.

Keywords: Systematic review; meta-analysis; network meta-analysis.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Internationality
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic*
  • Quality Control*
  • Review Literature as Topic*