Asked 11th Feb, 2015

What is the easier way to draw a study selection flow chart?

Is there ready made template for PRISMA study selection flow chart for systematic review, or easy way to draw it? Do you use word or excel? Thank you.

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20th Feb, 2020
Rashid Ali
Aligarh Muslim University
Dear Heba Huessin
You can use power point or its easier to use the link.

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11th Feb, 2015
Farhad Shokraneh
University College London
1. There is an option to add figure in Review Manager [RevMan]
2. Here is an online tool for it:
3. I attached a template in powerpoint you may like to use.
4. You can use variety of programs to draw it.
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11th Feb, 2015
Souvik Maitra
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Easiest option remains Revman, however, you can not generate high resolution figure from Revman (it is a unique problem with Revman, you can generate all other high resolution figure but not flow diagram). Other options are you can do it in MS Word or MS Excel.
11th Feb, 2015
Amédé Gogovor
Laval University
A template in Word is available here
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11th Feb, 2015
Nguyen Phuoc Long
Inje University
You can directly use the template provided by PRISMA:
Besides, the simplest way to make a "study selection flow chart" is using Microsoft software (Word, Excel, or Power Point).
p/s: If necessary, you can save the file as pdf type (after fulfill your own information) and modify it to have a high quality image with Adobe Photoshop.
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11th Feb, 2015
Heba Huessin
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thank u all! My q is can we delete the writing in PRISMA flow chart and fill it with our own data? Or we have to draw it from scratch? And if so, which easier word or exel?
11th Feb, 2015
Rosie Morland
Imperial College London
I've always found Powerpoint (or better, adobe Illustrator) great for flow charts, although PRISMA gives you and editable template in word, so that might be easiest in this instance!
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11th Feb, 2015
Farhad Shokraneh
University College London
1. There is an option to add figure in Review Manager [RevMan]
2. Here is an online tool for it:
3. I attached a template in powerpoint you may like to use.
4. You can use variety of programs to draw it.
9 Recommendations
12th Feb, 2015
Heba Huessin
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thank u Farhad so much 
23rd Feb, 2015
Ming-Jie Zhang
Chengdu Military General Hospital
Refer to the published meta-analyses. PPT can draw a study selection flow chart quickly.
18th Jan, 2016
Umar M Lawan
Bayero University and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Thanks a lot, this is very helpful
15th Mar, 2019
Gaspary O Mwanyika
Mbeya University of Science and Technology
Thank you@ Farhad Shokraneh
17th Dec, 2019
Grigor Angjeliu
Politecnico di Milano
I recommend having the graphics done by a professional graphic designer instead of buying a software. The best tools won’t automatically produce high-end graphics. Check this:

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