Conducting a Scoping Review in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Henry L Lew, Melissa K Kahili-Heede, Pauline Mashima, Wen-Hsuan Hou

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ABSTRACT: In the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), there is a continuous need to conduct literature search in advancing evidence-based practice. In addition to the traditional meta-analysis (MA) approach, many clinicians have turned their attention to systematic reviews (SyR) and scoping reviews (ScR) for research evidence to support clinical practice. In this article, the authors aim to (1) compare the similarities, differences, pros, and cons between a scoping review (ScR), a systematic review (SyR), and a meta-analysis (MA); (2) summarize the fundamental stages in conducting a scoping review (ScR). Examples of recently published articles relevant to PM&R are presented to illustrate the concept and value of scoping reviews (ScR).

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 8 2021


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