Structured Literature Review/Targeted Literature Review

The term “structured review” is sometimes used interchangeably with “systematic review,” but it can also refer to a review that, while highly structured, does not meet the full rigor of a systematic review. A structured review employs a systematic approach to literature searching, selection, and synthesis but may not adhere to all the strict methodological standards required for a systematic review.

Key aspects of a structured review include:

– Systematic Approach: Utilizes a structured method for literature searching, selection, and synthesis, aiming to minimize bias and improve reproducibility.

– Comprehensive Search: Involves a thorough search of relevant databases and sources, though it might not be as exhaustive as a systematic review.

– Selection Criteria: Applies clear inclusion and exclusion criteria to select relevant studies.

Critical Appraisal: Includes an assessment of the quality of the included studies, though it may be less formalized than in a systematic review.

– Synthesis: Combines findings from the included studies to provide an overall summary of the evidence.