Systematic Review Evidence Methodology: Providing Quality Family Planning Services

Stephen J. Tregear, Loretta E. Gavin, Jessica R. Williams

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From 2010 to 2014, CDC and the Office of Population Affairs at the USDHHS collaborated on the development of clinical recommendations for providing quality family planning services. A high priority was placed on the use of existing scientific evidence in developing the recommendations, in accordance with IOM guidelines for how to develop "trustworthy" clinical practice guidelines. Consequently, a series of systematic reviews were developed using a transparent and reproducible methodology aimed at ensuring that the clinical practice guidelines would be based on evidence collected in the most unbiased manner possible. This article describes the methodology used in conducting these systematic reviews, which occurred from mid-2011 through 2012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S23-S30
JournalAmerican journal of preventive medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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