Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

A Black man wearing a black jumper and a Black woman wearing glasses and a blue top sit at a computer in a large open-plan office. They are looking at the screen and discussing something on it, as the man points to it.

Why conduct systematic reviews?

The primary literature base available today is enormous, making it is difficult for clinicians and policy makers to read every piece of primary research on a particular topic. Different pieces of research can also offer different conclusions, which further complicates understanding the literature.

Systematic reviews are the next step in building the evidence base after primary research. A systematic review synthesises all of the available research on a particular question. If the research base is quantitative, a meta-analysis can also be conducted. A meta-analysis allows treatment effects from different studies to be combined, to determine whether a treatment truly has an advantageous effect.

Our Involvement in Systematic Reviews

We are currently conducting and collaborating on systematic reviews on the following topics:

Improving systematic reviews

We also conduct applied statistics research into the design, conduct, and analysis of systematic reviews.