Types of systematic reviews

There are two main types of systematic review: Qualitative (sometimes termed “meta-synthesis”) and quantitative (typically termed “meta-analysis”).

A “mixed-methods systematic review” or “systematic review and meta-analysis” contains both qualitative and quantitative components.

Click each type below to learn more:


Tip from Dr. McGowan:

The wide variation in naming of systematic reviews can be confusing. It is very important for authors to document the exact review methods used, so that readers can know what type of systematic review they are reading.


Other types of systematic reviews

Below are four other types of systematic reviews. Click each type to learn more and to see real-world examples.

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