Time to challenge the spurious hierarchy of systematic over narrative reviews? European Journal of Clinical Investigation 2018, Greenhalgh et al

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European Journal of Clinical Investigation
. 2018 Jun; 48(6): e12931.
Published online 2018 Apr 16. doi: 10.1111/eci.12931
PMCID: PMC6001568
PMID: 29578574

Time to challenge the spurious hierarchy of systematic over narrative reviews?

Key point

  • Systematic reviews are generally placed above narrative reviews in an assumed hierarchy of secondary research evidence

  • We argue that systematic reviews and narrative reviews serve different purposes and should be viewed as complementary

  • Conventional systematic reviews address narrowly focused questions; their key contribution is summarising data

  • Narrative reviews provide interpretation and critique; their key contribution is deepening understanding

 

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