5.1.3 Include an executive summary

Required. An executive summary is published separately as well as with the full-length report.

Include an executive summary for reviews published as fulllength reports.

Not mentioned.

5.1.4 Include a summary written for the lay public

Required. Developed by the Eisenberg Center.

Not mentioned.

Required. Plain-language summaries provide findings in a straightforward style that can be understood by consumers.

5.1.5 Include an introduction (rationale and objectives)

Required in both full report as well as part of the executive summary.

Required. Include a background/introduction.


5.1.6 Include a methods section. Describe the following:


• Research protocol

Same elements in protocol are required in methods section.

Description of the protocol is not mentioned, but the next edition will recommend that reports indicate that a protocol was written and followed, and should report the protocol registration number.

Review authors are encouraged to cite their protocol.

• Eligibility criteria (criteria for including and excluding studies in the systematic review)

Required in protocol and methods section.



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