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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.

What can you expect from us?

-    analysis of research question
-    resource/database selection
-    search strategy construction
-    logbook of the search
-    advice on reference management
-    methods-paragraph and tables of search strategies

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 do we expect from you?

-    a good research question in PICO-format
-    knowledge of webcourses PubMed and Systematic Reviews
-    knowledge of Prisma Statement
-    acquainted with a reference manager
-    payment if the research is (co) financed by grants (see Rates and costs of services)
-    preferably co-authorship on the publication

Important information

Why is a good literature research important?

Systematic reviews are designed to serve as a solid base for care/cure and evidence-based medicine (EBM) because they establish the ‘state-of-the-art knowledge’ of a subject. The most recent and the best studies (the evidence) must be found through the method of a systematic literature search. The information specialist is an expert in efficiently performing this research and is indispensable in this process. The method demands an unbiased search in multiple resources, a high sensitivity and a complete search strategy. See for more information on systematic searches the guidelines in the Prisma Statement and in the Cochrane Handbook. Evidence about the beneficial role of the information specialist in literature research can be found in the publications of Koffel (2015) and Rethlefsen et al. (2015).

To request an appointment, download the request form, fill it out and send it to: mics.ub@vu.nl. Please submit your request as soon as possible: there may be a waiting time of up to two weeks!

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