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Systematic Review (SR) Service: STEP 1: Framing the question

Collaborate with a MSK Reference Librarian to publish your Systematic Review.

Framing the question

It is important that you formulate your research question that will be the basis of your systematic review.  Use the PICO framework: Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome - which will help your librarian group search terms into thematic categories.

Librarian’s support:

1. Reviews the literature to determine if other systematic reviews exist on your topic
2. Assist with narrowing and refining the question 

NEXT: STEP 2: Assembling the team 


Selected references:
* Agoritsas T, Merglen A, Courvoisier DS, Combescure C, Garin N, Perrier A, Perneger TV. Sensitivity and predictive value of 15 PubMed search strategies to answer clinical questions rated against full systematic reviews. J Med Internet Res. 2012;14(3):e85.

* Parfrey P, Ravani P. On framing the research question and choosing the appropriate research design. Methods in molecular biology. 2009;473:1-17. 

* Squires JE, Valentine JC, Grimshaw JM. Systematic reviews of complex interventions: framing the review question. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2013;66(11):1215-22.