Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
1.2.1 The need for systematic reviews

Healthcare providers, consumers, researchers, and policy makers are inundated with unmanageable amounts of information, including evidence from health research. It is unlikely that they will have the time, skills and resources to find, appraise and interpret all this evidence and to incorporate it into healthcare decisions. Cochrane Reviews respond to this challenge by identifying, appraising and synthesizing research-based evidence and presenting it in an accessible format (Mulrow 1994). The requirement for systematic reviews to appraise the ever-growing proliferation of individual research studies has, if anything, become more important in recent years (Mallett 2003; Bastian 2010).

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