SCIE Report 4: Using systematic reviews to improve social care

By Geraldine Macdonald

Published November 2003


A 'systematic review' is a systematic and rigorous review of all available evidence, designed to eliminate bias and assemble as complete as possible a picture of the knowledge available. SCIE conducts systematic reviews of topics in social care and uses the findings as the basis for its good practice guidance.


This report examines the relevance of systematic reviews to SCIE's goal of promoting good practice. It is part of a larger programme of SCIE work looking at using knowledge in social care.


The report is primarily for the use of SCIE but will also be of interest to systematic reviewers generally.

Messages from the report

Some issues about systematic reviews

A systematic review methodology suitable for social care



Related links

SCIE's resources on using knowledge in social care