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Synopses of Syntheses


Synopses of Syntheses are exaIncomplete 6S pyramid showing the first four levels with Synopses of Syntheses as the newest tier.ctly the same as Synopses of Studies, just with systematic reviews instead of single articles. As such, they are usually a one-page, structured summary of a systematic review with expert commentary. Again, only a select number of systematic reviews or meta-analyses will be reviewed and evaluated by an expert.

The Evidence

Since synopses of syntheses provide some expert critical appraisal on the methodology used and the relevance of a systematic review or meta-analysis to the field, they have a higher level of evidence than systematic reviews.

Key Resource for Locating Synopses of Syntheses

Just like synopses of studies, ACP Journal Club is the best resource for locating synopses of syntheses. Up until 2015, the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) was the premiere resource for locating synopses of systematic reviews. However, the agency supporting it lost its funding in 2015 and the database was no longer updated.

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