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A scoping review of scoping reviews: advancing the approach and enhancing the consistency.

Pham MT, Rajić A, Greig JD, Sargeant JM, Papadopoulos A, McEwen SA - Res Synth Methods (2014)

Bottom Line: Study completion times varied from 2 weeks to 20 months, and 51% utilized a published methodological framework.Scoping reviews are a relatively new but increasingly common approach for mapping broad topics.Because of variability in their conduct, there is a need for their methodological standardization to ensure the utility and strength of evidence.

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Affiliation: Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada.

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Mentions: The original search conducted in June 2011 yielded 2528 potentially relevant citations. After deduplication and relevance screening, 238 citations met the eligibility criteria based on title and abstract and the corresponding full-text articles were procured for review. Four articles could not be procured and were thus not included in the review (Levy and Sanghvi, 1986; Bhavaraju, 1987; Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, 2004; Connell et al., 2006). After data characterization of the full-text articles, 182 scoping reviews remained and were included in the analysis. The updated search in October 2012 produced 758 potentially relevant citations and resulted in another 162 scoping reviews being included. In total, 344 scoping reviews were included in the study. The flow of articles through identification to final inclusion is represented in Figure 1.


A scoping review of scoping reviews: advancing the approach and enhancing the consistency.

Pham MT, Rajić A, Greig JD, Sargeant JM, Papadopoulos A, McEwen SA - Res Synth Methods (2014)

PRISMA flowchart of study selection process.
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fig01: PRISMA flowchart of study selection process.
Mentions: The original search conducted in June 2011 yielded 2528 potentially relevant citations. After deduplication and relevance screening, 238 citations met the eligibility criteria based on title and abstract and the corresponding full-text articles were procured for review. Four articles could not be procured and were thus not included in the review (Levy and Sanghvi, 1986; Bhavaraju, 1987; Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, 2004; Connell et al., 2006). After data characterization of the full-text articles, 182 scoping reviews remained and were included in the analysis. The updated search in October 2012 produced 758 potentially relevant citations and resulted in another 162 scoping reviews being included. In total, 344 scoping reviews were included in the study. The flow of articles through identification to final inclusion is represented in Figure 1.

Bottom Line: Study completion times varied from 2 weeks to 20 months, and 51% utilized a published methodological framework.Scoping reviews are a relatively new but increasingly common approach for mapping broad topics.Because of variability in their conduct, there is a need for their methodological standardization to ensure the utility and strength of evidence.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada.

No MeSH data available.