A scoping review is a method which is often applied in the systematic review arena. Its aim is to map existing literature in a specific area. Carrying out a scoping review entails dealing with a number of methodological questions that arise during the review. In this paper, we go into the way in which these issues were contemplated upon and dealt with. We particularly focus on how to deal with the critical appraisal of literature (and the use of the outcome of this appraisal in terms of in- or exclusion criteria) and its effects on the contents and outcome of the review. This implies that we will report on the result of a sensitivity analysis. A second methodological issue that is focused on is how to make a review that considers multiple (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) designs and how to handle the different types of results that were derived from each method. We conclude by considering the pros and cons of including inadequately reported studies and plea to inform readers on the quality of literature that was included.
Quality & Quantity – Springer Journals
Published: May 5, 2016
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