Systematic reviews: Do they raise more questions than they answer?

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Comments on an article by M. Gordon et al. (see record 2012-28577-005). The authors report a systematic review of studies that have examined the effectiveness and theoretical underpinnings of ‘non-technical skills training’ intended to enhance patient safety. The process of the review is reported carefully and enough details are given to allow anyone to repeat the review. Systematic reviews are mostly conducted to address important issues, but perhaps their very design is a chimera intended to clear all obstacles in their way. Systematic reviews ask specific questions, but actual practice consists of a myriad of complexities that intermingle and interact. The emphasis of systematic reviews is on the process and the technicality of the research; this commentary is a plea for recognition of the importance of its content. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Sue Kilminster

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