Undertaking Systematic Reviews for Masters’ Dissertations: In the Real World Professional Arena, When is ‘Good’ Not ‘Good Enough’

By Gail Louw and Carmel Keller.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The session will introduce systematic reviews, their place at the top of the 'hierarchy of evidence' and explore whether they are valid as masters' dissertations.

Keywords: Systematic Reviews, Masters' Dissertations

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 9, pp.65-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 810.226KB).

Dr. Gail Louw

Before working at the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, she undertook several research projects specifically in the area of Evidence Based Healthcare. She undertook two systematic reviews (on Hodgkins Disease in children and in pain control) and clinical guidelines looking at assessing and recognising pain in children. She developed her methodological knowledge by having a training fellowship at the Institute of Child Health in London. However, her PhD was in an entirely different area; organisational informatics. She is particularly interested in the learning that healthcare professionals undertake which help them achieve a critical distance from the many areas of practice that they take for granted.

Carmel Keller

She has an interest in teaching research methods and methodologies, and evidence-based practice. Her professional background was initially in accident and emergency nursing. Subsequently, she was Assistant Director of the Cardiology Research Unit and Lead R&D Officer at Brighton & Sussex University Hospital. Most recently, she was seconded as co-founder of the Postgraduate Medical School at the University of Brighton where she initiated the development of a number of clinical, public health and professional development programmes; She is now responsible for a number of masters courses in cardiology, diabetes, nephrology, resuscitation, and Trauma & Orthopaedics.

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