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Center for Systematic Reviews and Research Syntheses


The Center provides the following services (for a fee) to faculty, students
and staff at Texas A&M University as well as external researchers.
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Consulting on systematic reviews and other research syntheses including:

- Determining the feasibility of a question for research syntheses
- Selecting method (narrative, systematic, scoping, or other type)
- Searching, retrieving, and documenting information retrieval
- Selecting and utilizing software (Rayyan, Covidence, and others)
- Guidance on data collection, critical appraisal, and writing


Training on review methods including:
- Training for librarians
- Training for research teams
- Training can cover any of the activities listed under consulting

Setting priorities

- Setting research priorities through various activities such as:
- Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) from the James Lind Alliance
- Searching and comparing related reviews in particular area


The Center is focused on answering 3 questions:
How to improve methods of information retrieval while maintaining the
quality of the review? This can reduce the amount of time and money to
complete the review.

How to apply the systematic review method to disciplines beyond
medicine? Systematic reviews have a long history in medicine and health
related fields and continue to grow in other fields such as education,
engineering, and others.

What are the best practices for documenting, archiving, disseminating,
and tracking review projects to increase societal impact? Following open
science ideals, this will ensure the accessibility, reproducibility, and
transparency of syntheses and increase impact of Texas A&M research.


Margaret J. Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP
Professor, Director, Center for Systematic Reviews and Research Syntheses
Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Texas A&M University