Scoping studies: towards a methodological framework

  title={Scoping studies: towards a methodological framework},
  author={Hilary Arksey and Lisa O’Malley},
  journal={International Journal of Social Research Methodology},
  pages={19 - 32}
  • H. ArkseyL. O’Malley
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology
This paper focuses on scoping studies, an approach to reviewing the literature which to date has received little attention in the research methods literature. We distinguish between different types of scoping studies and indicate where these stand in relation to full systematic reviews. We outline a framework for conducting a scoping study based on our recent experiences of reviewing the literature on services for carers for people with mental health problems. Where appropriate, our approach to… 

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