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Systematic Reviews: Reporting the quality/risk of bias

By Paul Levett

Apply a grading criteria to your selected studies: PRISMA Item 12

When reading the full text of each article identified for inclusion in the review you may wish to apply one of the following Scales/Assessment for quality to each study selected for inclusion: you can choose a method that best fits with your type of review, but before you make your selection first please read other reviews written by/for subject matter experts in your discipline/field/profession, you want to use a grading criteria recognized and used by your peers.  You can report the quality/risk of bias scale you used in your Methods section, and report the grade/level of quality you assign to each study either summarised in the results section or as an extra column in your study characteristics table.

Evaluating and Critically Appraising Systematic Reviews

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