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Review Writing in Health and Medicine

Overview: Umbrella Reviews

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"Umbrella reviews are conducted to provide an overall examination of the body of information that is available for a given topic, and to compare and contrast the results of published systematic reviews.2 The wide picture obtainable from the conduct of an umbrella review is ideal to highlight whether the evidence base around a topic is consistent or contradictory, and to explore the reasons for the findings."

Aromataris, E., Fernandez, R., Godfrey, C. M., Holly, C., Khalil, H., & Tungpunkom, P. (2015). Summarizing systematic reviews: methodological development, conduct and reporting of an umbrella review approach. Int J Evid Based Healthc, 13(3), 132-140. Retrieved from doi:10.1097/XEB.0000000000000055


Additional Resources:

Aromataris E, Fernandez R, Godfrey C, Holly C, Khalil H, Tungpunkom P. Chapter 10: Umbrella Reviews. In: Aromataris E, Munn Z (Editors). Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewer's Manual. The Joanna Briggs Institute, 2017. Available from  

Blackwood, D. (2016). Taking It To The Next Level...Reviews of Systematic Reviews. HLA News(Winter), 13-15. 

Smith, V., Devane, D., Begley, C. M., & Clarke, M. (2011). Methodology in conducting a systematic review of systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. BMC Med Res Methodol, 11(1), 15. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-11-15

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