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The information on this page provides a snapshot of the process and timeline for conducting a systematic review. This will help you understand what you are getting into before embarking on a systematic review.  If you are convinced you want to move forward, be sure to review the Which Review Type and Avoid Redundancy sections of this information guide next.

Systematic Review Timeline

*Box 2.3b Timeline for a Cochrane review

*From: Higgins JPT, Green S (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 [updated March 2011]. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011.

Systematic Review Process

*Box 2.1 Steps in conducting a systematic review

*From: Egger M, Smith GD, Altman DG. Systematic reviews in health care meta-analysis in context. p. 25. 2nd ed. London: BMJ; 2001.