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Special Contribution
July 1998

Guides for Reading and Interpreting Systematic ReviewsI. Getting Started

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

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.