Systematic reviews

Extracting information from selected studies

Steps for collecting and combining data include:

  1. Plan out your synthesis methods
  2. List all your data elements to be extracted
  3. Develop your data collection methods
  4. Develop your form and collect your data
  5. Complete your synthesis and explain your findings; tell your story

Three examples of a data extractions form are below:

Combining data in a table

There are various potential data collection tools that could be used to combine your data.

Format Examples
Paper forms Microsoft Word, Google Docs, other word processors
Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets
Databases Microsoft Access
Forms Google Forms, Adobe Acrobat, Survey Monkey, FluidSurveys
Software Distiller, Covidence, Systematic Review Data Repository


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