Scoping reviews in occupational therapy: The what, why, and how to

Mckinstry, Carol, Brown, Ted and Gustafsson, Louise (2013) Scoping reviews in occupational therapy: The what, why, and how to. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 2: 58-66. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12080

Author Mckinstry, Carol
Brown, Ted
Gustafsson, Louise
Title Scoping reviews in occupational therapy: The what, why, and how to
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12080
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 61
Issue 2
Start page 58
End page 66
Total pages 9
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 3609 Occupational Therapy
Abstract Background/aim: Scoping reviews are a method of identifying, locating, analysing and summarising relevant empirical literature and research findings on a nominated topic. A description of scoping reviews is provided with examples that have been published in the occupational therapy and related literature and outline of the uses of scoping reviews for research and in evidence-based practice. Methods: Recent occupational therapy literature was searched to identify occupational therapy-related scoping reviews published in the refereed literature and to identify the methodologies used and topics covered. Results: A limited range of scoping reviews was located and a summary of their results is provided as examples of scoping reviews in the occupational therapy field. Conclusion: The scoping review methodology is an efficient and effective approach for locating, analysing, summarising and presenting available literature and research findings on a particular topic. In comparison to a systematic review, it does not have the same high level of rigour, however does provide a general overview of the literature using a structured methodology to ensure consistency. The methodology of scoping reviews is effective for researchers where there is limited high level evidence available about a topic that would be required by a systematic review and provides an efficient way of identifying previous research and current knowledge gaps. Although there has been some scoping reviews published, it is predicted that there will be an increase in the future when the use of scoping reviews in occupational therapy is more fully realised and operationalised.
Keyword Literature critique
Scoping review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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