Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are important tools in translating research evidence into clinical practice as they critically evaluate and summarize the body of evidence on clinical topics. Clinicians can use these studies to quickly survey the current literature base to increase understanding of a clinical diagnosis they make, with the intent of using this information to improve their clinical practice. A well-written systematic review or meta-analysis, with critical evaluation of study quality, is then that Cliffs Note version of what to know and what to do. Therefore, with the proliferation of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, we should see a corresponding change in clinical practice, with more effective and more efficient ways to help those with cancer recover function and quality of life. However, in the 2 decades since the Institute of Medicine called on a new health system for the 21st century, the translation of evidence into practice still occurs at a snail's pace, with an average lag of 17 years from research publication to clinical adoption. How then do we move the needle on providing evidence-based care?
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