You Found a Review: Now What? When practitioners engage in evidence-based practice (EBP) they are encouraged to seek out systematic reviews before proceeding with individual studies. Systematic reviews, as opposed to non-systematic reviews (more traditional narrative reviews), methodically minimize biases in locating, appraising, and synthesizing evidence from primary research (Petticrew & Roberts, 2006; Schlosser, 2006; ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2007
You Found a Review: Now What?
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  • Ralf W. Schlosser
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2007
You Found a Review: Now What?
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2007, Vol. 16, 15-17. doi:10.1044/aac16.3.15
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2007, Vol. 16, 15-17. doi:10.1044/aac16.3.15
When practitioners engage in evidence-based practice (EBP) they are encouraged to seek out systematic reviews before proceeding with individual studies. Systematic reviews, as opposed to non-systematic reviews (more traditional narrative reviews), methodically minimize biases in locating, appraising, and synthesizing evidence from primary research (Petticrew & Roberts, 2006; Schlosser, 2006; Turner & Nye, 2006). As such, systematic reviews have the potential to provide the practitioner with pre-filtered evidence; evidence that has been appraised by someone else with expertise. Hence, systematic reviews can save the practitioner considerable time and energy and reduce the otherwise necessary skills in appraising research if no systematic review is available. There are strategies to help practitioners locate systematic reviews (see Schlosser, Wendt, Angermeier, & Shetty, 2005).
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