Before conducting a systematic review you may want to see if other reviews have been written on your topic. If you do find one, you can then appraise it to see how well the systematic review was conducted. If it was poorly done, perhaps you may want to proceed with your topic.
Appraising systematic reviews is an important practice and there are several questions you may ask during the evaluation process. These include, but are not limited to the following:
These are just a few of the questions to ask when appraising systematic reviews. View the reference and resources list for complete sets of questions.
Once you have conducted your systematic review, it is important to remember that others may be appraising the work you have done. If you keep in mind the appraisal process while conducting a systematic review, it will help to ensure your systematic review is of high quality.