MERST produces high quality systematic reviews/meta-analyses which are the bedrock of evidence-based healthcare.
The Cochrane Collaboration Handbook of Systematic Reviews and Interventions states, “Publication of a protocol for a review prior to knowledge of the available studies reduces the impact of review authors’ biases, promotes transparency of methods and processes,“…Learn more
Using the review questions, key concepts and inclusion/exclusion criteria, a librarian builds a complex and comprehensive literature search. Working with a librarian specifically trained in systematic review searches ensures the right body of evidence is available for screening.
Data are collected and verified by two researchers for all included studies. Study methodology and characteristics. Data are reported for outcomes of interest and the subgroup data.