Evidence-Based Practice: Report search results

Conform with the Health Sciences Standard

Capture your search

Record the following:

  1. Title of the database searched.
  2. Name of the database platform e.g. MEDLINE (OvidSP).
  3. Database date range.
  4. Date search conducted.
  5. Years covered by the search.
  6. Complete search strategy (include all search terms and limits).

Other reporting guidelines

There are several reporting guidelines available, including Consort, Moose, and Strobe.

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Review authors are strongly encouraged to include a study flow diagram as recommended by the PRISMA statement (Liberati 2009)

-- chapter 4.5, Cochrane Handbook 2019

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) are reporting guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Often journals will ask your to report your systematic review results using PRISMA or another relevant reporting guideline.

Find out more:

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