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Nursing: Systematic Reviews

A collection of resources for faculty and undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Systematic Reviews

A systematic review is a like a “study of studies” where findings from previously conducted studies are systematically gathered, evaluated, analyzed, and integrated with the purpose of addressing a particular clinical question or problem.

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are systematically developed statements based on the best available evidence to assist practitioners with decisions about appropriate health care for specific patients’ circumstances (What Makes a Good Clinical Guideline? pdf). 

Many systematic reviews and CPGs are made available via subscribed sources and via the internet.

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Access Clinical Practice Guidelines via the internet



PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

PRISMA Statement

  • PRISMA Checklist doc icon
  • Flow Diagram doc icon (For use in conjunction with the 5th Edition of Garrard's Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method.)

Explanation of the Prisma Statement

Understanding Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Health Council of Canada offers an excellent video series on “Understanding Clinical Practice Guidelines.”

Video 1 What are CPGs? YouTube

Video 2 Challenges for CPGsYouTube

Video 3 Integration of CPGs at the System Level YouTube

Video 4 Opportunities and Future Considerations for CPGs YouTube

Note that the Health Council of Canada is no longer functioning and the material above is archived.

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