A Scoping Review is a type of evidence synthesis that aims to identify and map the evidence available on a particular topic. Scoping reviews can analyze what types of evidence (research trials, case reports, etc.) exist and are available to answer a question, clarify key concepts on a question or topic, identify knowledge gaps in research, and more.
It’s important to know that a scoping review is:
• A type of evidence synthesis that is held to rigorous standards, although it is not research.
• Requires a team authors (it can’t be done alone).
• Should involve the creation of and adherence to a protocol
• Should follow methodological guidance on conducting scoping reviews found in the field
• Should be reported in the literature according to established reporting guidelines