We offer an advisory service for Columbia University faculty and staff conducting systematic reviews. The systematic review may be intended for journal publication, HTA report, guideline, internal report to inform a research project, grant application, or patient care.

The specific services are outlined below and you may opt to use as few or as many parts of the service as needed.

Service Included
Guidance with systematic review development processes Referral to relevant handbooks and guidance documents
Referral to relevant reporting standards
Guidance on timelines, skills and competencies required to complete a systematic review
Protocol development Instructions on where to find existing protocols
Identification of example protocols
Identification of existing systematic reviews on same topic (if any)
Feedback on initial protocol draft
Question formulation Feedback on framing of research questions
Search strategy Translation of research question into draft search strategy
Advice on relevant electronic databases and sources to search
Choice of software programs Advice on choosing programs used in the different processes of systematic review development: manuscript template, organizing bibliographic citations, study screening, data extraction, data analysis
Documentation and search methods reporting Guidance on Documentation of search strategies