The Evidence Synthesis Team at PenCLAHRC highlighted an important point, when they replied to a tweet of mine with the following:
Are you just thinking about reviews of effectiveness? Or more complex research questions?
I am frequently guilty of treating all systematic reviews as the same, when they’re clearly not. I all too often fall into the trap of seeing all systematic reviews as being intervention based e.g. is drug A useful in condition Y? However, there are many other types, for instance:
- Outcome focussed – what works in condition Y?
- Qualitative reviews – can address questions other than effectiveness.
- Complex – complex multicomponent health care interventions (see this great AHRQ review)
It’s great to be reminded of something that should be obvious!