Partially systematic thoughts on the history of systematic reviews

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Six years after the launch of Systematic Reviews by Biomed Central, this article is part of the celebration of the journal. It contains personal reflections on the past, present and future of systematic reviews, using examples relevant to the role of systematic reviews in cataloguing and analysing research, assessing quality and planning new studies. The focus is on the most common of the various types of systematic review in health and social care, namely those assessing the effects of interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number176
Number of pages6
JournalSystematic Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2018


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