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Volume 46, Number 2, 2009

JRRD at a Glance

Evidence-based systematic review: Oropharyngeal dysphagia behavioral treatments. Part I-Background and methodology

Tobi Frymark, MA, et al.

Figure. Decision tree for determining stage of research for each study reviewed.

Systematic reviews are useful, time saving resources for clinicians seeking evidence. These reviews provide a transparent and systematic approach to finding and evaluating the state of the evidence on a focused clinical question. By understanding the process used to conduct systematic reviews, Department of Veterans Affairs providers will be better able to read and evaluate research, minimize bias when interpreting the scientific literature, and incorporate research findings into the clinical decision-making process.

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