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Literature Reviews in Medicine and Health

Overview of types of literature reviews

Data Extraction

Data extraction is the process used to extract characteristics and findings from studies. A spreadsheet is typically used to track data but there are many tools that include data extraction.

Data elements are informed by the research question and inclusive reviews and may include:

  • Article citations
  • Funding sources
  • Study participants
    • Demographics
    • Comorbidities
    • Socio-economic status
    • Recruitment
  • Setting
  • Intervention
  • Outcomes
  • Results

Forest Plots

Resources for Data Analysis