Systematic reviews 101

About this video

Systematic reviews are used to rigorously analyze and aggregate current research to answer a question based on making best use of existing evidence rather than commissioning new primary studies. They save time and resources by avoiding the unnecessary repetition of research, and are commonly used in the health and medical sciences.

Fields far beyond the medical and health sciences, too, can benefit from the rigor, transparency and structure offered by systematic review methods, as the methods help to settle scientific disputes by reducing bias in the assessment of scientific evidence.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the key strategies for conducting a systematic review, getting it published, and how researchers from multiple disciplines – from data science to predictive toxicology – can collaborate in contributing to the development of evidence synthesis methods. You’ll come away with a clearer understanding of the tools available, how to save time, and the most common pitfalls to avoid.

About the presenters

Naomi Lee

Executive Editor (Digital), The Lancet

Naomi handles peer review and commissioning for The Lancet with a special interest in surgery, health informatics, and medical technology. As part of the marketing and communications team, she is also leading the digital transformation of The Lancet group. Naomi trained in surgery, specializing in urology and has worked in the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Mexico. She studied medicine at Cambridge University and King’s College London, and is currently studying data science at University College London. Naomi joined The Lancet in 2014.

Paul Whaley

Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews, Environment International (IF 7.088), based at Lancaster Environment Centre, UK

Paul Whaley is an experienced advocate of the use systematic methods for reviewing evidence to support the development of environmental policy and regulation, working with a range of US and European regulators, industry, NGO and academic organisations including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the European Food Safety Authority, the Evidence Based Toxicology Collaboration and the World Health Organisation. As a researcher, he is developing best-practice frameworks, critical appraisal tools, and quality control interventions for improving the standard of published systematic reviews in environmental health and toxicology journals. He is Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews at the journal Environment International (IF 7.088), and is based at Lancaster Environment Centre in the UK.