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Systematic Reviews

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Appraisal tools should consider the reliability, importance and applicability of the clinical evidence found. According to the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine appraisal should consider these four questions:

  1. Does this study address a clearly focused question?
  2. Did the study use valid methods to address this question?
  3. Are the valid results of this study important?
  4. Are these valid, important results applicable to my patient of population?

There are many checklists available for free to assist with the appraisal of the evidence.

GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations) is transparent way to evaluate the effectiveness of systematic reviews. Ratings range from high to very low and consider two types of studies; randomized controlled trials and observational studies.