Research results have expiration dates: ensuring timely systematic reviews.


Journal Article

Time and timeliness are key issues in appraising and ensuring the clinical relevance of systematic reviews. Time considerations entering the systematic review process include the history of the clinical problem, disease, or treatment that is the target of the review, and the history of the research conducted to address it. These considerations guide: (i) formulation of the research problems and questions; (ii) setting of parameters for the search and retrieval of studies; (iii) determination of inclusion and exclusion criteria; (iv) appraisal of the clinical relevance of findings; (v) selection of the findings that will be synthesized; and (vi) interpretation of the results of that synthesis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barroso, J; Sandelowski, M; Voils, CI

Published Date

  • August 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 454 - 462

PubMed ID

  • 16907690

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16907690

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1356-1294

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2006.00729.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England