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Scoping Reviews

A guide to conducting evidence syntheses using scoping review methodology.

Scoping Review Process

1. Identify the research question(s)

  • Conduct a preliminary search to determine whether there are any existing systematic or scoping reviews that address your research question.
  • Write a review protocol specifying your plan for conducting the review and register your protocol in DigitalHubSystematic Reviews, or other appropriate sources.
  • Remember to document revisions and update the protocol accordingly. 

2. Identify relevant studies

3. Study selection

  • Apply inclusion and exclusion criteria established in the protocol.
  • Consider a platform such as Covidence or Rayyan to screen the results.  

4. Chart the data

  • Extract data from individual studies.

5. Collate, summarize, and report the results