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Systematic Reviews

Review types

Systematic review is often used as a umbrella term for many different types of review. However, you will often find a wide variation in the style and structure of systematic reviews. The most common review types are:

  • Systematic review
  • Systematic literature review
  • Scoping review
  • Rapid evidence assessment / review
  • Evidence and gap mapping exercise
  • Meta-analysis

It is not uncommon for reviews to take a combination of different approaches and techniques depending on the circumstances and setting of the review.