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An Evidence‑Based Approach to Scoping Reviews  pp46-52

Antonio Hidalgo Landa, Istvan Szabo, Liam Le Brun, Ian Owen, Graham Fletcher

© Jan 2011 Volume 14 Issue 1, ECIME 2010 Special Issue, Editor: Miguel de Castro Neto, pp1 - 166

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Scoping reviews are used to assess the extent of a body of literature on a particular topic, usually in order to ensure that further research in that area is a beneficial addition to world knowledge. It is typically the first stage of a research project, informing the following work, and so can have a significant impact on both methods and results. Without systematic methods, reviews are subject to personal and community biases, whether intended or not. Evidence‑based science is a broad collection of techniques intended to improve research quality by methodically analysing documented relevant facts, rather than relying on expert opinion. Systematic reviews are a key element and are used in many fields from medicine to public policy to engineering. We propose a repeatable, documented, evidence‑based approach to search and manage the literature, in order to assure demonstrated objectivity of the resulting review. Software tools are prototyped, issues identified and some resolved.It is not clear from the three test cases whether the effort spent in researching, designing and developing the guidelines directly outweighs expert‑based reviews. Further applications of the guidelines and comparative tests are needed.


Keywords: Evidence-based protocols, systematic review, literature review, information management


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