The PRISMA checklist gives both an overview and detailed description of each part of a SR.
PRISMA stands for "Preferred Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis".
Read more about the PRISMA statement, PRISMA 2020 checklist og flowchart here:
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In the process of planning and completing a medical systematic review you'll work with the following stages:
Most articles use the TIMRAD structure.
The conduct of SRs can be a time-consuming, cost- and resource-intensive task
It can easily take from 3 months and up. This estimate includes the stages identifying the problem, designing and conducting the search, collecting references, screening, sythesis of the evidence to writing the article. Remember to add submission and time spent on peer review and revisions.
To be able to answer your research question, you must ensure that your search has been as explorative and comprehensive as possible. You have done everything possible to unearth relevant evidence.
It is very common for SR authors to search a minimum of 3 databases. Dependent on the subject, it can be necessary to search across more resources, particularly if you are working with a cross-disciplinary research question.