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Special Contribution
July 1998

Guides for Reading and Interpreting Systematic ReviewsI. Getting Started

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Dr Klassen and Mr Moher), and Epidemiology and Community Health (Dr Klassen and Mr Moher), University of Ottawa, Thomas C. Chalmers Center for Systematic Reviews, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's Research Institute (Dr Klassen and Mr Moher) Ottawa; and Health Information Research Unit, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton (Dr Jadad) Ontario.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(7):700-704. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.7.700

It is almost impossible for any individual to keep up-to-date with the health care literature. There are approximately 17000 new biomedical books published every year, along with 30000 biomedical journals, resulting in annual increase of 7%.1,2 Physicians attempting to keep abreast of their field would need to read, on average, 19 original articles each day.3 Reviews offer the potential to reach that elusive goal: making life easier.

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