Complete beginner guide to systematic reviews
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Complete beginner guide to systematic reviews

A brief guide to systematic review
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Created by Mohamed Elshahidi
Last updated 4/2017
Price: Free
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know and understand the needs for systematic reviews
  • Learn how to make a systematic review research question
  • Searching the literature databases
  • Managing the references
  • Filtering your results
  • Registering your systematic review on PROSPERO
  • Assessing the Quality of the included studies/assessing the risk of bias in the included studies
  • Using the PRISMA guidelines in writing your systematic review
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  • All you need is to be passionate about learning, with interest in research
  • Basic computer skills

Medicine is one of the fields that constantly changes and evolve in a very rapid manner. With new treatments and drugs being discover and marketed, physician and healthcare practitioners come across which treatment to choose for my patients. You may wonder whether drug X is better than drug Y! Moreover, the growing number in clinical trials and published articles makes it very difficult, or even impossible, to keep updated about every emerging findings. 

Systematic reviews have become a growing field in medical research. With its methods and capabilities, it enables physicians to stay updated about knew evidence regarding the best available treatment. 

If you are medical student, a healthcare worker, a nurse , a physician, an undergraduate or post-graduate this course is for you. 

It help you to understand what you need to know, in a practical manner, about systematic reviews. After watching this brief tutorial, all you need is an interesting research question to get your systematic review published. 

By contributing to the body of systematic reviews, you are shaping the future of healthcare with many physician and scientists. 

Enjoy your research journey in the field of systematic reviews. :) 

Who is the target audience?
  • medical students
  • post-graduate
  • physicians
  • any person related to the medical/clinical fields
  • any one interested to make a systematic review and get published
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
2 Lectures 04:35

Having a goal to motivate you is very important to continue in any thing. This video will show you what are the aims to put in your mind before starting systematic reviewing.

Aim of Doing Systematic Review

In this lecture, you will figure out why the number of systematic reviews is increasing rapidly! There is actually a need for it, and you can get involved! 

The need for systematic reviews
Conducting a systematic Review
7 Lectures 22:42

A clearly defined, focused review begins with a well framed question. If you want to get your systematic review published in a top journal, then you must formulate an interesting, novel and answerable research question. If you passed this step successfully, your review process will be excellent! 

Formulating a research Question

Learning how to search the database is a required skills to learn. What are the databases to search?, How to search them?, What are the keywords to use?, What to do after? In this video, we will answer these questions.

Searching the databases

Now, from the previous video, you learned how to search the database! Excellent! In this video, you will learn what is the next step? What to do with the search results? 

Retrieving the references

In most systematic reviews, you end up with a large number of studies. How will I handle them? Learn this in this video. It will help you save a LOT of time.

Screening the retrieved studies

One of the requirements in your systematic review is the flow diagram. What is a flow diagram?, How to make it?, and What is its importance? See the answers in this video.

Making a flow diagram

Assessing the Quality of the included studies

To avoid duplicates and not to waste efforts and resources, scientists have made PROSPERO for systematic review. What is PROSPERO?, How to use it?, and Why is it required? Try yourself using this video!

Registering the study of PROSPERO
Writing your systematic review
2 Lectures 08:07

Now, after you have reached the writing stage, let's learn how to write a systematic review. 

PRISMA guidelines for writing systematic reviews

Example of Writing a systematic review using the PRISMA guidelines
About the Instructor
Mohamed Elshahidi
4.5 Average rating
15 Reviews
793 Students
1 Course
Medical student

I am a graduate student from STEM Egypt High school for talented boys, class 2015. Currently a medical student at Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Egypt. I love clinical research, and its related fields, with special passion about meta-analysis. The growing trend of evidence-based medicine necessitates the importance to be armed with these skills for the future healthcare of our patients.