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Review Writing in Health and Medicine

Overview: Scoping Reviews

red lineA scoping review:

  • "maps the body of literature on a topic area"
  • "include a large range of study designs and methodologies"
  • "provide a descriptive overview of the reviewed material without critcally appraising individual studies or synthesizing evidence from different studies."


Arksey, H., & O'Malley, L. (2005). Scoping Studies: Towards a Methodological Framework. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8(1), 19-32. doi:10.1080/1364557032000119616

Pham, M. T., Rajic, A., Greig, J. D., Sargeant, J. M., Papadopoulos, A., & McEwen, S. A. (2014). A scoping review of scoping reviews: advancing the approach and enhancing the consistency. Res Synth Methods, 5(4), 371-385. doi:10.1002/jrsm.1123


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