Appraising Systematic Reviews: From Navigating Synopses of Reviews to Conducting One's Own Appraisal

Ralph W Schlosser, Parimala Raghavendra, Jeff Sigafoos

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    Systematic reviews - that is, research reviews that are rigorous and follow scientific methods - are increasingly important for assisting stakeholders in implementing evidence-based decision making for children and adults with disabilities. Yet, systematic reviews vary greatly in quality and are therefore not a panacea. Distinguishing "good" reviews from "bad" reviews requires time and skills related to the appraisal of systematic reviews. The purpose of this chapter is to inform stakeholders (i.e., practitioners, administrators, policy makers) of evidence-based information sources that provide synopses (i.e., appraisals) of systematic reviews, to provide guidance in reading and interpreting the synopses of various sources, and to propose how to make sense of multiple synopses fromdifferent sources for the same systematic review. A secondary purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how stakeholders can conduct their own appraisals if synopses are not available.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Evidence-Based Practices
    EditorsBryan Cook, Melody Tankersley, Timothy Landrum
    PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9781781904299
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities
    ISSN (Print)0735-004X


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