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Public Health: Types of Reviews

Guide to Public Health resources at the University of Georgia.

How to Decide Which Review is Right for You


Types of Reviews

Literature (Narrative) Review

Systematized Review

Rapid Review

Scoping Review

Umbrella Review

Systematic Review

  • A comprehensive review of the literature which aims to identify and synthesize all relevant literature (both published and grey literature); starts with a well‐defined question with specific inclusion and exclusion criteria, including what specific study designs will be examined; aims to provide answers to questions from a relatively narrow range of quality assessed studies; may involve a meta-analysis
  • Example: Communities of practice to improve public health outcomes: a systematic review