Pilot studies

Every systematic review carried out by Mistra EviEM is preceded by a pilot study. This process helps EviEM to make a decision regarding whether or not conducting a systematic review on a topic is feasible.

Pilot studies introduce the review topic in general. They also investigate whether or not literature reviews of the particular question have already been carried out and if sufficient scientific literature on that topic exists for a systematic review.

If a pilot study concludes that the topic is not suitable for a systematic review, the process ends with a published pilot study on EviEM’s website. Click on the respective heading from the menu on the left-hand side to see the studies for research questions that were found to be inappropriate for a systematic review; these studies contain useful information about the current scientific literature on the respective topic, even if the publication record is not adequate to support further work at present.