During my time at McGill, I aided in the developmental stage of a systematic review with a team of researchers. The project investigated the relationship between habitual intake of a population’s self-selected diet as recorded in nationally representatitve nutrition surveys, the proportion of animal- and plant-based foods, and any resulting environmental impacts.
Establishing a search strategy that would include relevant works, while maintaing the balance of scope, required several brainstorming sessions and impassioned discussions. Ultimately the process of a systematic review highlights the importance of communication, team work, hypothesis scope and vision, and creation of a dependable inclusion/exclusion list.
The systematic review process involved fundamental skills, including: