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Systematic Reviews for Health: 2. Identify the Key Concepts

A guide on how a Research Librarian can help you during a systematic review process

Step 2. Identify the Key Concepts

Identify the key concepts in your research question and transfer them to a Concept Table.

Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 Concept 4

You may like to use this template.

This process will help you decide which concepts in your question you need to search on and which ones can be left out.

NOTE!  Outcomes are often not reported properly in the searchable parts of a paper, so it is often best, not to search for outcomes.


For the example, the research question translates into the following Concept Table:

Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 Concept 4
Dementia         Animal-assisted therapy Music therapy Aggressive behaviour

Study designs to be included: RCTs only (see Step 8).

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