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? ).
Many systematic reviews and CPGs are made available via subscribed sources and via the internet.
|Search for Systematic Reviews|
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.
The Health Council of Canada offers an excellent video series on “Understanding Clinical Practice Guidelines.”
Video 1 What are CPGs?
Video 2 Challenges for CPGs.
Note that the Health Council of Canada is no longer functioning and the material above is archived.