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Systematic Review Series

Series Editors: Cynthia Mulrow, MD, MSc, Deborah Cook, MD, MSc.

From McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Locating and Appraising Systematic Reviews

Dereck L. Hunt, MD; and K. Ann McKibbon, MLS
Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(7):532-538. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-126-7-199704010-00006
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In this article, we describe the strengths and weaknesses of several methods of locating systematic reviews, including electronic databases such as MEDLINE, Best Evidence (the electronic version of ACP Journal Club and Evidence-Based Medicine), and the Cochrane Library (a regularly updated source of reviews and controlled trials produced by the Cochrane Collaboration). We also present steps that can be used to critically appraise review articles; as an example, we use a systematic review that evaluates the gastrointestinal toxicity of various nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the context of a clinical scenario.

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