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Systematic Reviews for the Health Sciences: Other Review Types

Other Types of Reviews

Critical - Critically evaluated quality of  extensively researched literature

Literature review - General term; provides examination of recent or current literature

Mapping review/ systematic map - Map out and categorize existing literature to identify gaps in research literature

Meta-analysis - Statistical analysis of results of quantitative studies

Qualitative systematic review/qualitative evidence synthesis - Compares the findings from qualitative studies

Rapid review - Uses systematic review methods to search and critically appraise existing research about a policy or practice issue

Scoping review - Aims to identify nature and extent of research evidence (potential size and scope) - see Mak and Thomas (2022)

Systematic review - Systematical search for, appraisal of and synthesis of research evidence

Systematized review - Includes elements of systematic review process; often conducted as postgraduate student assignment

Umbrella review - Compiles evidence from multiple reviews

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