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How to do a Systematic Literature Review in Nursing – A Step-by-Step Guide
Author: Josette Bettany-Saltikov
Publisher: Nursing Standard/Open University Press
It has never been more important for nurses to have the skills to evaluate and articulate research findings related to their clinical practice.
This guide is an excellent introduction to all the stages involved with a systematic literature review. The chapters on focusing your question and planning your review are particularly good.
Clearly structured and with a chatty, easy-to-read style, I especially liked the many templates provided for the literature review process. These will be useful to those with some experience in literature reviewing, as well as novices.
I would have given this book a five-star rating had there been a chapter on how to manage the numerous citations resulting from your literature search using reference manager software, notably Procite, Reference Manager and Endnote. The other omission is a lack of detail on the methods of synthesising evidence – the meta-analysis for quantitative and metasynthesis for qualitative data.
Overall, this book provides an excellent introduction and a clear structure for undertaking a systematic literature review.
Reviewer: Simon Palfreyman
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