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Step 1: Preparation: Scope out existing systematic reviews and protocols
Step 4: Develop a structured search strategy: Use of subject headings, keywords, combining search sets, truncation, limits, saving search histories
"A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making." Source: Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Key characteristics of a systematic review are:
Need to know the difference between a scoping review, a systematic review, and a realist review? The links below offer some excellent background and guidance.