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Literature review

I conduct literature reviews and desk-based research projects.

Searching and writing up

Do your need an overview of e.g. the burden of a disease and interventions that have been applied in order to support your own research question? Or an overview of studies that have already been conducted on a certain topic to compare your own study results with? I can search the literature for you and do the write up.

Secondary data

Do you need information on e.g. the health status in an area (municipality, district, province, country) and do you not have the opportunity to collect primary data? I can review secondary data that is available in journal articles, reports and data-sets and summarize the results.

Systematic review

I can also assist in the process of a systematic review e.g. as a second reviewer for the assessment of the methodological quality or for the data extraction.

Are you looking for someone to review the literature for you? Just give me a call on +27 (0) 72 964 0548 or send an email to annette.gerritsen@epiresult.com

Example projects

  • Writing the Epidemiological and impact analysis section of the joint HIV and TB programme review 2013

    I wrote the Epidemiological and impact analysis section (desk review) of the joint HIV and TB programme review 2013. This focussed on the disease burden of HIV and TB in South Africa as well as programmatic efforts. 

    Reference: Augustin Ntilivamunda | HIV/AIDS officer WHO South Africa Country Office
  • Conducting of a health baseline study

    As part of a Health Impact Assessment a health baseline study needed to be conducted for a region in Angola. Desk-based research was used and information was collected on prevalence and incidence of diseases (countrywide, Province, region), aetiology and transmission, disease presentation and diagnosis, treatment, prevention and interaction with other diseases.

    Reference: Leslie Abrams | Director ARC
  • Developing a demographic and burden of disease profile

    Developing a demographic and burden of disease profile – using i.e. data from the District Health Information System - for selected areas in the Eastern Cape as part of a project on improving primary health care in the province.

    Reference: Janine Mitchell | former Head of Departmental, Foundation for Professional Development
  • Providing support to a systematic review on trends in randomized controlled trials

    Providing support to a systematic review on trends in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of malaria treatment and prevention in Africa (e.g. identification of RCTs and the data extraction from the studies found, and writing up).

    Reference: Vittoria Lutje | Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group