The PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) website provides guidelines for transparent reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The PRISMA Checklist presents the preferred layout of systematic reviews and is a helpful resource to refer to throughout the process.
Finding what works in healthcare: Standards for systematic reviews "...recommends 21 standards for developing high-quality systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research. The standards address the entire systematic review process from the initial steps of formulating the topic and building the review team to producing a detailed final report that synthesizes what the evidence shows and where knowledge gaps remain."
The consensus statement from the Meta-analysis of observation studies in epidemiology (MOOSE) group proposes a checklist with specifications for reporting that "...should improve the usefulness of meta-analyses for authors, reviewers, editors, readers, and decision makers."
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