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Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide

Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide

Mark Petticrew, Helen Roberts

ISBN: 978-1-405-12110-1

Dec 2005

352 pages

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$85.95

Description

Such diverse thinkers as Lao-Tze, Confucius, and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have all pointed out that we need to be able to tell the difference between real and assumed knowledge. The systematic review is a scientific tool that can help with this difficult task. It can help, for example, with appraising, summarising, and communicating the results and implications of otherwise unmanageable quantities of data.

This book, written by two highly-respected social scientists, provides an overview of systematic literature review methods:


  • Outlining the rationale and methods of systematic reviews;
  • Giving worked examples from social science and other fields;
  • Applying the practice to all social science disciplines;
  • It requires no previous knowledge, but takes the reader through the process stage by stage;
  • Drawing on examples from such diverse fields as psychology, criminology, education, transport, social welfare, public health, and housing and urban policy, among others.
  • Including detailed sections on assessing the quality of both quantitative, and qualitative research; searching for evidence in the social sciences;
    meta-analytic and other methods of evidence synthesis; publication bias; heterogeneity; and approaches to dissemination.
Foreword (William R. Shadish).

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Chapter 1: Why do we need systematic reviews?

Chapter 2: Starting the review: Refining the question and defining the boundaries.

Chapter 3: What sorts of studies do I include in the review? Deciding on the review's inclusion / exclusion criteria.

Chapter 4: How to find the studies: The literature search.

Chapter 5: How to appraise the studies: An introduction to assessing study quality.

Chapter 6: Synthesising the evidence.

Chapter 7: Exploring heterogeneity and publication bias.

Chapter 8: Disseminating the review.

Chapter 9: Systematic reviews: Urban myths and fairy tales.

Glossary.

Appendix 1: The review process (and some questions to ask before starting a review).

Appendix 2: MOOSE Guidelines.

Appendix 3: Example of flow diagram from a systematic review.

Appendix 4: Example data extraction form.

Appendix 5: Variations in the quality of systematic reviews.

Bibliography.

Index.

""The book is noteworthy in terms of its comprehensive coverage of issues and inclusive perspective with respect to study inclusion, study quality assessment and findings synthesis. The guide’s ecumenical’ perspective is certainly a strength inasmuch as different readers will find inspiration and interesting suggestions on how to conduct different types of SR."" (Political Studies Review, May 2009)

  • Overview of systematic literature review methods;
  • Written by two highly-respected social scientists;
  • Outlines the rationale and methods of systematic reviews;
  • Gives worked examples from social science and other field;
  • Applies to all social science disciplines;
  • Requires no previous knowledge, but takes the reader through the process stage by stage;
  • Draws on examples from such diverse fields as psychology, criminology, education, transport, social welfare, public health, and housing and urban policy, among others;
  • Includes detailed sections on assessing the quality of both quantitative, and qualitative research; searching for evidence in the social sciences;
    meta-analytic and other methods of evidence synthesis; publication bias; heterogeneity; and approaches to dissemination.