What to Include in your systematic review or meta-analyses report? PRISMA has an updated checklist

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Doing a systematic review or meta-analysis?

Besides standards like the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, another important standard is the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items of Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement. First released in 2009, this statement provides a minimum set of information that you may want to include in your systematic review or meta-analysis report.

The new PRISMA 2020 statement was published in March 2021. This statement includes a 27-item checklist addressing the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of a systematic review report as well as an updated flow diagram showing the flow of information through the different phrases of the systematic review.


Screenshot of PRISMA 2020 checklist flow chart

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