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Review Writing in Health and Medicine

Overview: Integrative Reviews

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"An integrative review is a specific review method that summarizes past empirical or theoretical literature to provide a more comprehensive understanding of a particular phenomenon or healthcare problem (Broome 1993). Integrative reviews, thus, have the potential to build nursing science, informing research, practice, and policy initiatives. Well-done integrative reviews present the state of the science, contribute to theory development, and have direct applicability to practice and policy."

Whittemore, R., & Knafl, K. (2005). The integrative review: updated methodology. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52(5), 546-553. Retrieved from doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2005.03621.x

Broome, M. E. (1993). Integrative Literature Reviews for the Development of Concepts (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Co.


Additional Resources:

Torraco, R. J. (2005). Writing Integrative Literature Reviews: Guidelines and Examples. Human Resource Development Review, 4(3), 356-367. Retrieved from doi:10.1177/1534484305278283 

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