Review Articles

The writer who has limited publishing experience should not be concerned with writing review articles.
Nevertheless, researchers need to understand how systematic and narrative reviews are created, so that they may
effectively use these in their laboratories and practices.  I describe these types of review articles on the next
several pages.

Differences Between Narrative Reviews and Systematic Reviews


Question                  
Sources and search   

Selection                      

Appraisal                      
Synthesis                    
Inferences
                  
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Narrative Review
Often broad in scope                
Not usually specified,
potentially biased
Not usually specified,
potentially biased          
Variable                        
Often qualitative      
Sometimes evidence-biased
Systematic Review
Often a focused clinical question
Comprehensive and explicit

Criterion-based selection,
uniformly applied
Rigorous critical appraisal
Quantitative
Usually evidence-based