Why should faculty consider conducting a SRMA?
For clinicians, it can be used to determine the most effective course of treatment.
- Systematic reviews with or without a meta-analysis are considered the best source of clinical evidence (See Sackett’s Levels of Evidence pyramid below.)
- The Cochrane Library is the single best database source for systematic reviews/meta-analyses on healthcare topics.
For researchers, it can be used to:
- Plan new studies
- Justify these studies (e.g., in grant applications)
- Put these studies in context (e.g., in the introductory section of a manuscript)
- Get publications!!