Literature research for (medical) research and patient care

Literature research for (medical) research and patient care

Writing a systematic review or searching for literature in databases and need support? The (medical) information specialists advise on the literature research for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, guidelines, funding applications, PhD-research, PICOs and CATs.

Why is a good literature research important?

Systematic reviews establish the ‘state-of-the-art knowledge’ of a subject to serve as a solid base for care/cure and evidence-based medicine (EBM). The scientific method to establish this knowledge is a thorough and systematic literature research, without bias, in multiple sources and as complete as possible. This method must be sensible. A medical information specialist is the expert in efficiently performing this research and is indispensable in this process. See for more information on systematic searches the guidelines in the Cochrane Handbook and the Standards for systematics reviews, IoM. Evidence about the beneficial role of the information specialist in literature research in research by Koffel (2015) and Rethlefsen et al. (2015).

Who are our clients?

Employees and PhD-students of VU or VUmc. Students can only use our service when the research will be published.

What can you expect from us?

  • analysis of research question 
  • resource/database selection 
  • search strategy construction 
  • logbook of the search 
  • advice on reference management 
  • responsibility for method
  • authoring methods-paragraph and tables of search strategies per source

What do we expect from you?


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