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Systematic Reviews & Other Syntheses

Introduction

"Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context." 

Not sure if your review type requires the critical appraisal of studies? The following table provides a typology of review types that specifically indicates whether or not critical appraisal is generally a component of 14 different reviews types Table 1: Main review types characterized by methods used (Grant & Booth, 2009).

Bibliography

Burls, A. (2009). What is critical appraisal? Hayward Medical Communications.

Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91-108.