The Journal of Informed Pharmacotherapy


(c) 2004 JIP

Form for Evaluating a Systematic Review of Drug Therapy

Online Submission Form

We welcome submissions for this section from health care professionals.  We cannot guarantee that we will publish your review in the Journal.  We require full and accurate contact information for all submitters so we may clarify any aspects of your review if necessary.  Your name and/or e-mail address may be included in the final publication of your review.

Please complete the form below to review a Systematic Review of Drug Therapy (i.e. quantitative (meta-analysis) or qualitative) article.

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Overall Study Question:  What were the objectives, the patient population, the outcome variables, and the interventions tested in this systematic review?


I. Are the Results of the Study Valid?
Did the overview address a focused clinical question? 

Were the criteria used to select articles for inclusion appropriate?

Is it unlikely that important, relevant studies were missed?

Was the validity of the included studies appraised?

5. Were assessments of studies reproducible?

6. Were the results similar from study to study?


II. What are the Results?
What are the overall results of the review?

How precise were the results?

3. How much does allowance for uncertainty change the results? (i.e. Sensitivity analysis? Analysis of heterogeneity?)

III. Will the results help me in caring for my patients?
Can the results be applied to my patient care?

2. Were all clinically important outcomes considered?

3. Are the benefits worth the harms and costs?

IV. How can the results be put into the context of previous knowledge and clinical practice? What are any important methodological issues with the study? How should the study findings be applied to the field of clinical pharmacotherapy?

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Please direct any inquiries or comments about the Journal to the Managing/ Founding  Editors.  If you have any recommendations for journal content, we would be pleased to receive your ideas.

Last updated: June 11, 2002