Eligibility criteria in systematic reviews: A methodological review.

@article{McCrae2015EligibilityCI,
  title={Eligibility criteria in systematic reviews: A methodological review.},
  author={Niall McCrae and Marlene Blackstock and Edward Purssell},
  journal={International journal of nursing studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={52 7},
  pages={1269-76}
}
BACKGROUND Systematic reviews of literature are increasingly important in healthcare. While reviewers are expected to follow reporting guidelines, inconsistencies may be observed in presentation of reviews, potentially detracting from the credibility of findings. Predetermined eligibility criteria are fundamental to the systematic process of reviewing, and should be given primacy in authors' reports. METHOD This methodological review assessed the specification and application of eligibility… CONTINUE READING
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