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Systematic Searching Support

What is an Integrative Review?

Aim: To gather and synthesize research with varying methodologies which may include theoretical works. 

Synonyms: integrated review, integrative synthesis

Notes about Methodology

  • A clear problem and focus is important
  • explicit philosophical or theoretical framework should guide the review
  • Search approach is usually comprehensive and may include books as well as journal literature 

Methodology Guidance

Hopia, H., Latvala, E., & Liimatainen, L. (2016). Reviewing the methodology of an integrative review. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 30(4), 662-669. View full text

Whittemore, R., & Knafl, K. (2005). The integrative review: updated methodology. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52(5), 546-553. View full text


Below is a reference that may serve as an example of a quality project.  

Joo, J. Y., & Huber, D. L. (2014). An integrative review of nurse-led community-based case management effectiveness. International Nursing Review, 61(1), 14-24. View full text