Hi Katie

I'm currently involved in a very lengthy search for a scoping review - as far as the broader framework goes, this is what my requester has offered;

"From what I have read, they are a relatively new methodology for which there is not yet a universal definition, definitive procedure or reporting guidelines. Most of what I have read centres on the methodological framework initially constructed by Arksey & O’Malley. Essentially, it includes It includes five stages (below) and we are at stage number 2:

Stage 1: identifying the research question Stage 2: identifying relevant studies Stage 3: study selection Stage 4: charting the data; and collating Stage 5: summarizing and reporting the results

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"

Hope this helps you more than it helped me!-)

Kind Regards,


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Subject: Scoping Review Guides/Guidelines

Hello colleagues,

Does anyone know of, or have a favorite, resource for describing the guidelines or steps for completing a scoping review? A rapid review might be acceptable, too. Are there any from well-respected groups or research centers?

The Public Health program here allows students to do a "systematic review"
as a graduation option (typically students set aside one semester to try and complete it), but the description and parameters fit the definition of a scoping review - a review of the current state of published literature on a public health topic and identification of areas for future research.

Any literature that outlines the differences between the different flavors of systematic search publications would be greatly appreciated, too!


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