Systematic Reviews cannot be completed by a single person and should be done as a team effort. Important areas of expertise to cover include:
(1) Content experts,
(2) SR methods experts (can also be a content expert or your assigned research informationist),
(3) Statistician (if meta-analysis is to be considered),
(4) Research informationist (database searching requires specialized knowledge that general research training does not provide. The informationist has experience with the extensive searching and documentation procedures that are a part of a systematic review and can support the team with bibliographic management tool instruction),
(5) Reference coordinator (responsible for maintaining and managing the database of references as well as tracking which abstracts have been reviewed and their disposition (e.g. included or excluded, reason for exclusion)).
Research Informationist’s support:
1. Provides expertise in developing the search strategy.
2. Determines the most appropriate databases to use including grey literature.
3. Supports and answers any questions related to bibliographic management tools.
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