Unlike traditional narrative reviews or expert summaries, a systematic review attempts to select, review and synthetise all high-quality evidence regarding clinical interventions and diagnostic test accuracy. Studies are selected with a minimum of bias and appropriately synthesised in order to summarise available research evidence with the same amount of rigour that was required to generate that evidence in the first place.

Many health care professionals depend on systematic reviews like the Cochrane Reviews to provide evidence that will support their decision making in their day-to-day care of their patients.

At the Discpline of General Practice we believe that being able to conduct a systematic review is an essential skill for research students and academics to acquire and we are undertaking a number of Cochrane reviews. We also hold regular workshops to assist members of our Discipline and hope to extend this to providing workshops for external adacemics and health professionals.

We often involve undergraduate students so they can develop a taste for research and many of our authors teams comprise national and international experts in the field of primary health care.

If you have an idea for a review or are interested in joining a review team, please contact Professor Mieke van Driel.

Recently published protocols and reviews


  • Mitchell G, Burridge L, Zhang J, Donald M, Scott I, Dart J, Jackson C.  A systematic review of integrated models of health care delivered at the primary-secondary interface: what determines effectiveness?  Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2015; 21(4) 391-408

  • Ng GJY, Vu AN, Tan S, Del Mar CB, van Driel ML. Antibiotics for preventing recurrent sore throat (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD008911. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008911.pub2.

  • Beller EM, van Driel ML, McGregor L, Truong S, Mitchell G. Palliative pharmacological sedation for symptom relief in terminally ill adults (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010206. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010206.pub2.

  • Hsu CCT, Kwan GNC, Thompson SA, Evans-Barns H, van Driel ML. Embolisation for pulmonary arteriovenous malformation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD008017. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008017.pub4.

  • Young MK, Cripps AW, Nimmo GR, van Driel ML. Post-exposure passive immunisation for preventing rubella and congenital rubella syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD010586. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010586.pub2

  • King D, Mitchell B, Williams CP, Spurling GKP. Saline nasal irrigation for acute upper respiratory tract infections. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006821. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006821.pub3

  • Walsh RI, van Driel M, Mitchell G, Francis L. J of Palliat Care 2015;31(2):118-23.

  • Riijk JM, Roos PR, Deckx L, van den Akker M, Buntinx F Prognostic value of handgrip strength in people aged 60 years and older: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2015 May28. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12508.


  • Teo E, House H, Lockhart K, Purchuri SN, Pushparajah J, Cripps AW, van Driel ML. Haemophilus influenzae oral vaccination for preventing acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD010010. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010010.pub2.

  • Crossland LJ, Janamian T, Jackson CL. Key elements of high quality practice performance: a systematic review. Med J Aust 2014; 201 (3 Suppl): S47-S51

  • Farley, Rebecca‪ Spurling, Geoffrey K. P., Eriksson, Lars , Del Mar, Chris B. Antibiotics for bronchiolitis in children under two years of age (Review). The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 2014 10: Art. No.: CD005189-Art. No.: CD005189. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD005189.pub4

  • Haran C, van Driel ML, Mitchell BL, Brodribb WE: . Clinical guidelines for postpartum women and infants in primary care – a systematic review.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, :51.

  • Deckx L, van den Akker M, Buntinx F. Risk factors for loneliness in patients with cancer: a systematic literature review and metaanalysis. Eur J Oncol Nurs 2014 Oct; 18(5): 466-77. doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2014.05.002.

  • Hawley G, Janamian T, Jackson C, Wilkinson SA. In a maternity shared-care environment, what do we know about the paper hand-held and electronic health record: a systematic literature review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 201414:52


  • Cao AMY, Choy JP, Mohanakrishnan LN, Bain RF, van Driel ML. Chest radiographs for acute lower respiratory tract infections. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD009119. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009119.pub2

  • Declercq T, Petrovic M, Azermai M, Vander Stichele R, De Sutter AIM, van Driel ML, Christiaens T. Withdrawal versus continuation of chronic antipsychotic drugs for behavioural and psychological symptoms in older people with dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD007726. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007726.pub2.

  • Professor Mieke van Driel

    Professor Mieke van Driel

    Mayne Professor of General Practice
    Primary Care Clinical Unit
    Head, Mayne Academy of General Practice, Head, Primary Care Clinical Unit