The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (the Handbook) provides guidance to authors for the preparation of Cochrane Intervention reviews (including Cochrane Overviews of reviews). This is Version 5.1.0 of the Handbook, last edited 20 March 2011.
IOM's (2011) standards standards address the entire systematic review process, from locating, screening, and selecting studies for the review, to synthesizing the findings (including meta-analysis) and assessing the overall quality of the body of evidence, to producing the final review report.
The aim of the PRISMA Statement is to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The focus of PRISMA is randomized trials, but it can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.
Written for those with an understanding of health research but who are new to systematic reviews; those with some experience but who want to learn more. Chapter 6 provides guidance on the identification, assessment and synthesis of qualitative studies to help explain, interpret and implement the findings from effectiveness reviews.