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Covidence is a web-based platform that streamlines the process of conducting a comprehensive literature review.

What is PRISMA?

PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist and a four-phase flow diagram.It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. It focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions. It is also useful for critical appraisal of published systematic reviews. The aim of the PRISMA Statement is to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA, 2015).

How do I use PRISMA within Covidence?

​Covidence automatically populates the PRISMA flow diagram. As you progress through your review, each stage of the PRISMA diagram will continuously update to reflect your completed work. This includes calculating the number of duplicates automatically detected by Covidence, as well as showing the reasons for exclusion at the full text review screening stage. 

Access your PRISMA flow diagram:

Step 1. From the "Review Summary" page select the button labeled "PRISMA"


Step 2. View results




For more information, please refer to Covidence’s Exporting and interpreting PRISMA support page which includes further detailed information.


Click the “?” icon directly in the Covidence webpage banner (see below). 


E-mail Covidence directly at, or e-mail a UVic Librarian,

Works Cited

PRISMA, 2015. Transparent reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Retrieved from

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