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Time to challenge the spurious hierarchy of systematic over narrative reviews?

Abstract:
Systematic reviews are generally placed above narrative reviews in an assumed hierarchy of secondary research evidence. We argue that systematic reviews and narrative reviews serve different purposes and should be viewed as complementary. Conventional systematic reviews address narrowly focused questions; their key contribution is summarising data. Narrative reviews provide interpretation and critique; their key contribution is deepening understanding.
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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1111/eci.12931

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
Malterud, K More by this author
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Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons Ltd Publisher's website
Journal:
European Journal of Clinical Investigation Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
6
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Article: e12931
Publication date:
2018-03-26
Acceptance date:
2018-03-20
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EISSN:
1365-2362
ISSN:
0014-2972
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pubs:834131
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uri:6b483933-710d-4af2-8c0d-7d1c9474e47d
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uuid:6b483933-710d-4af2-8c0d-7d1c9474e47d
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pubs:834131

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