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Systematic reviews of occupational safety and health topics 

Systematic reviews of occupational safety and health topics
Systematic reviews of occupational safety and health topics

Jos Verbeek

and Sharea Ijaz

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date: 21 October 2020

This chapter aims to give an overview of the most pertinent items of research synthesis for both intervention studies and studies on causation. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of intervention studies are a well-established part of the transfer of research to practice. Even though historically debated, this also holds for systematic reviews of aetiological studies. The Cochrane Collaboration has elaborated methods for intervention reviews. The systematic approach entails building a well-structured question, a comprehensive search, using appropriate synthesis methods, and assessing risk of bias in the included studies. Examples and methods for these elements are given in this chapter. The general approach is similar for both intervention and aetiological reviews but the synthesis of study results and the risk of bias assessment differs.

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