Advantages and disadvantages of systematic reviews

Click each tab to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of SLRs.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, some research studies are of poor quality or poorly performed. Others are incompletely reported or partially duplicate data.

Systematic reviewers should include comments appraising the evidence sources, warnings on how trustworthy the overall conclusions are, and recommendations on future primary studies needed.

Some studies are biased or simply never published (called “publication bias”), because researchers and journals tend to prefer to publish only “positive” results.
Dr. Trevor Lane, COPE
Scroll to Top