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Decide what type of review is most appropriate for your topic. Systematic reviews are used to answer specific clinical questions. Do you have a clinical question that can be put into the PICO format? 

Patient/population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome

Many times research teams are looking for an overview of the existing literature and not answering a specific question. When this is the case a scoping review would be more appropriate. These reviews follow the process and standards are rigorous. They just have a different purpose.  Read A Typology of Reviews: An Analysis of 14 Review Types and Associated Methodologies

Systematic Review Scoping Review
Focused research question with narrow parameters Research question(s) often broad
Inclusion/exclusion usually defined at outset Inclusion/exclusion can be developed post hoc
Quality filters often applied Quality not an initial priority
Detailed data extraction May or may not involve data extration
Quantitative synthesis often performed Synthesis more qualitative and typically not quantitative
Formally assess the quality of studies and generates a conclusion relating to the focused research question Used to identify parameters and gaps in a body of literature

‘Scoping the scope’ of a Cochrane review Journal of Public Health. Volume 33, Issue 1 p. 147-150

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