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Nursing: Scoping Reviews

Scoping Reviews Defined

Per Grant and Booth, a scoping review is defined as a "Preliminary assessment of potential size and scope of available research literature. Aims to identify the nature and extent of research evidence (usually including ongoing research)."   Data is typically presented in a tabular format organized by key components such as study design and describes both the quality and quantity of literature available on the chosen topic. See: Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91-108. doi:10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x